Asylum seeker kills woman with machete in Germany

2016-07-24 19:39
A police line is seen near the site where a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete in Reutlingen. (Christoph Schmidt, AFP)

A police line is seen near the site where a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete in Reutlingen. (Christoph Schmidt, AFP)

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Berlin -A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others on Sunday outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested. Police said there were no indications pointing to terrorism.

Police spokesperson Bjoern Reusch told The Associated Press that witnesses said the 21-year-old asylum-seeker, who was known to police, was having an argument with the woman before attacking her about 16:30. The suspect, whose name was not released, wounded another woman and a man as he fled.

Investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the attack, but Reusch said "there are no indications this was a terrorist act".

The Bild newspaper reported the woman worked at the kebab stand near where confrontation took place.

The attack comes as Germany is on edge following a rampage at a Munich mall on Friday night by an 18-year-old who suffered psychological problems in which nine people were killed, and an axe attack on a train a week ago that left five wounded in southern Germany, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Some Germans are also fearful of any signs of a rise in crime or lawlessness after the country registered about 1 million asylum-seekers last year.

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