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GERMANY: 1 dead, 2 injured after man drives into crowd

GERMANY: 1 dead, 2 injured after man drives into crowd

Tragedy struck in the southwestern town of Heidelberg on Saturday, when a 35-year-old German man drove into a crowd standing near a bakery, killing one person and injuring two others.

Police say terrorism is ruled out as the motive for the attack.

One of the victims, a 73-year-old German man died in hospital from his injuries while the two other people injured, a 32-year-old Austrian man and a 29-year-old woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, also received hospital treatment but were then discharged.

“Based on investigations so far, there are no signs of a terrorist motive,” police said in a statement.

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According to the statement, the suspect was seen getting out of the car with a knife and was later tracked down to an old swimming pool. He was taken to a hospital in Heidelberg having been shot by police while being arrested, leaving him seriously injured.

He has since been operated on but nothing further is known about the current state of his health, the police and prosecutors said.

The German authorities are on high alert after a failed Tunisian asylum-seeker drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on Dec. 19, killing 12 people.






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