Police say terror motive unlikely after German machete attack
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Police say terror motive unlikely after German machete attack

Syrian asylum-seeker ‘known to police’ kills woman, injures two others in southern city of Reutlingen as country remains on edge

Police secures the area outside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting attack. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
Police secures the area outside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting attack. (AFP PHOTO/STR)

A 21-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete Sunday in the southwest German city of Reutlingen in an incident local police said did not bear the hallmarks of a “terrorist attack.”

“At this stage of the inquiry we have nothing to indicate this was a terrorist attack,” police said following the attack around 4:30 pm (1430 GMT) near the bus station of the city of some 100,000 near Stuttgart.

The statement added that the man, who was arrested, “had a dispute” with the woman and killed her “with a machete” before injuring a second woman and a man.

The attacker was “known to police,” it said.

A still image from footage posted to YouTube that claims to show the moment a Syrian refugee (circled) attacked passers-by on a street in the southern German city of Reutlingen on July 24, 2016 (screen capture: YouTube)
A still image from footage posted to YouTube that claims to show the moment a Syrian refugee (circled) attacked passers-by on a street in the southern German city of Reutlingen on July 24, 2016 (screen capture: YouTube)

“According to the information available, the perpetrator acted alone, the people of Reutlingen and its surroundings are very probably not in danger,” the statement added.

News channel NTV said there were scenes of panic in the city center following the attack, which came just two days after a German-Iranian teenager killed nine people and injured 19 others in Munich, Germany’s third-largest city, before committing suicide.

The 18-year-old Munich attacker is believed to have been “obsessed” with mass killers such as Norwegian fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State jihadist group.

The carnage in Munich came just four days after a teenage asylum seeker went on a rampage with an axe and a knife on a regional train near the southern city of Wuerzburg, injuring five people.

German authorities said the Wuerzburg attacker was believed to be a “lone wolf” who was “inspired” by Islamic State without being a member of the network.

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