Three killed in stabbings in German town of Wuerzburg-Bild

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Police arrest suspect in German town of Wuerzburg after stabbing
German police in action in the German town of Wuerzburg, Germany, June 25, 2021, before they arrested a suspect after a “major operation” in which parts of the city center were sealed off and local media had earlier reported multiple stabbings. REUTERS/Thomas Obermeier/Main-Post

June 25, 2021

BERLIN (Reuters) -Three people were killed and six wounded in a stabbing attack in the German town of Wuerzburg on Friday, Bild newspaper reported, adding police had stopped the suspected perpetrator with a shot to the leg.

Police said people had been killed and injured and that an attacker had been shot, but did not give details.

The situation was now under control, police said.

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.

“The attacker was overpowered after police used a firearm,” Lower Franconia police said on Twitter. “There are no indications of a second suspect. There is NO danger to the population.”

Videos posted on social media showed a young man seemingly holding a knife being warded off by other men holding chairs until police arrived. Another video appeared to show blood on the ground.

The videos matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg’s central Barbarossaplatz, though it was not immediately possible to confirm when they had been made.

Wuerzburg is a city of some 130,000 people south-east of Frankfurt.

(Reporting by Thomas EscrittEditing by Scot W. Stevenson and Frances Kerry)