26 Feb 2017

One dead in car attack in Germany

4:56 pm on 26 February 2017

A man has died and two other people were hurt after a man drove into a pedestrian area in Heidelberg, Germany.

Police officers guarding a car in front of the building in Heidelberg where the man drove into pedestrians.

Police officers guarding a car in front of the building in Heidelberg where the man drove into pedestrians. Photo: AFP

The attacker, said to have been armed with a knife, was shot, injured and arrested by police in a brief standoff after fleeing the scene on foot.

His motives remain unclear, but police said there were no indications it was a terrorist attack.

In December an Islamist attacker drove a lorry into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 49.

In Heidelberg the attacker, described by police as a 35-year-old German drove what is thought to be a rental car into pedestrians in one of the city's central squares, injuring three people. One of them, a 73-year-old German man, later died in hospital.

The attacker then left the car but was tracked down, shot and seriously injured by police near an old swimming pool.

Police were unable to confirm local media reports that the attacker was mentally disturbed. He is thought to have acted alone.

The two injured people were a 32-year-old Austrian national and a 29-year-old Bosnian woman, police said. Their injuries are said to be minor and they have been discharged from hospital.

- BBC

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