Crowd confronts alleged knife attacker with chairs, sticks after fatal rampage in Germany

Berlin: A man armed with a long knife killed three people and injured several others, some seriously, in the southern city of Wuerzburg before he was shot by police and arrested, German authorities said

It was unclear how many people were injured in the attack in a central part of the Bavarian city on Friday, local time. Police identified the suspect as a 24-year-old Somali man living in Wuerzburg. His life was not in danger from his gunshot wound, they said.

Videos posted on social media showed pedestrians surrounding the attacker and holding him at bay with chairs and sticks.

A woman who said she had witnessed the attack told German RTL television that the police then stepped in.

“He had a really big knife with him and was attacking people,” Julia Runze said.

“And then many people tried to throw chairs or umbrellas or cellphones at him and stop him.

“The police then approached him and I think a shot was fired, you could hear that clearly. Yes, and in any case they caught him.”

Police at the scene of the incident in Wuerzburg, Germany.Credit:AP

Police spokeswoman Kerstin Kunick said officers were alerted around 5pm to a knife attack on Barbarossa Square in the centre of the city.

Bavaria’s governor Markus Soeder expressed shock at the news of the attack. “We grieve with the victims and their families,” he wrote on Twitter.

Police said on Twitter that there was no danger to the population. They declined to immediately provide further information and urged social media users to refrain from speculation.

A reporter for ARD public television said he had been told by police that there were no indications of a terrorist motive behind the attack.

Bavaria’s top security official, Joachim Herrmann, was on his way to Würzburg, a city of about 130,000 people located between Munich and Frankfurt.

AP, with Reuters

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