Heidelberg car attack Several injured as knifeman ‘deliberately drives car at pedestrians
BREAKING:Man armed with knife shot after driving vehicle into pedestrians in Germany
At least three people have been injured after a car drove into pedestrians a square in the middle of German city of Heidelberg.
The man, who was believed to have been carrying a knife, was shot after being tracked down by officers.
Police spokeswoman Anne Baas said one of the three people struck outside a bakery on Saturday afternoon was seriously injured.
The suspect fled and was then found by a police patrol, and was shot by an officer following a short stand-off.
He was taken to a hospital.
There was no immediate word on the man’s possible motives or his origin.
Police said a terrorist background is not suspected and the man appears to have acted alone.
In December 2016, 12 people were killed and 56 injured after a Tunisian man, Anis Amri, drove a truck into a Christmas market.
The attacker, who was believed to have been armed with a knife, was shot and injured by police in a brief standoff after fleeing the scene on foot.
His motives are unclear, but terrorism is not suspected and he is thought to have acted alone, police say.
In December an Islamist attacker drove a lorry into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 49.
In Heidelberg the attacker drove what is thought to be a rental car into pedestrians in one of the city’s central squares, injuring three people, one of whom is said to be in a serious condition.
He then left the car but was tracked down and shot by police near an old swimming pool.
Police were unable to confirm local media reports that the attacker was mentally disturbed.