A man armed with a large knife has killed three people and injured several others in the city of Wurzburg before being shot by police and arrested, German authorities said.
Police identified the suspect as a 24-year-old Somali man living in Wurzburg. His life was not in danger from his gunshot wound, a spokeswoman said.
Bavaria’s top security official Joachim Herrmann said the injured include a young boy, whose father was probably among the dead.The suspect was in psychiatric treatment before the attack and had been known to police, Mr Herrmann said. “The police investigation will determine if this was an Islamist act or if it was due to the psychiatric state” of the man, he said.But of course he was. Muslims with knives and guns always go mad on a Friday afternoon after Mosque.
“The police investigation will determine if this was an Islamist act or if it was due to the psychiatric state” of the man, he said. The 24-year-old suspect has lived in Würzburg since 2015
Officers are also searching his home and investigating his contacts for further evidence. A witness reported that the suspect shouted “Allah Akbar” during the attack, said Mr Herrmann. But a police spokesman said that, while the attacker had a criminal record, none of his previous offences were related to terrorism.
Video footage circulating online showed passersby trying to stop the suspect using folded chairs. A crowd of people gave chase, before a police car arrived on the scene. The mass-circulation daily Bild published a photo of the suspect, showing a man wearing a beige, long-sleeved t-shirt with grey trousers and holding a long knife.
Police said on Twitter that there was no danger to the population. Until next Friday.