Knifeman ‘kills at least three people and wounds six’ in street rampage in Germany

A knifeman has killed at least three people and wounded six in a street rampage at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg, Germany on Friday, local media reports.  

Police arrested the suspect, who was wearing a facemask, after shooting him in the leg. 

Police said multiple people had been killed and injured, but did not give details. There was no word yet on the possible motive for the attack. 

The situation was now under control, police said. 

‘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.’

Local media earlier reported multiple stabbings in Wurzburg, a city of some 130,000 people south-east of Frankfurt.    

A knifeman has killed at least three people and wounded six in a street rampage at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg, Germany on Friday, local media reports

A knifeman has killed at least three people and wounded six in a street rampage at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg, Germany on Friday, local media reports

A knifeman has killed at least three people and wounded six in a street rampage at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg, Germany on Friday, local media reports

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre for a ‘major operation’ on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away.

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.   

Videos posted on social media showed a young man seemingly holding a knife being warded off by other men holding chairs until police arrived

Videos posted on social media showed a young man seemingly holding a knife being warded off by other men holding chairs until police arrived

Videos posted on social media showed a young man seemingly holding a knife being warded off by other men holding chairs until police arrived

Videos showed members of the public chasing the knifeman

Videos showed members of the public chasing the knifeman

The videos matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg's central Barbarossaplatz

The videos matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg's central Barbarossaplatz

The videos of members of the public chasing the knifeman matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg’s central Barbarossaplatz

A second video of the incident showed barefoot attacker wielding a long knife in Barbarossaplatz.

A second man, armed with a bag, can be seen circling the knifeman and shouting at him. 

He then disappears off screen as the suspect hurls the knifeman towards him. Several bystanders than intervene.      

Footage of the incident posted online showed two men, one wielding a knife, circling each other in Barbarossaplatz

Footage of the incident posted online showed two men, one wielding a knife, circling each other in Barbarossaplatz

Footage of the incident posted online showed two men, one wielding a knife, circling each other in Barbarossaplatz

The second man, armed with a bag, attempts to scare off the knifeman

The second man, armed with a bag, attempts to scare off the knifeman

He shouts at the knifeman before disappearing off screen

He shouts at the knifeman before disappearing off screen

The second man, armed with a bag, attempts to scare off the knifeman and is shouting at him before he disappears off screen

The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody.

Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released.    

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