Syrian asylum-seeker kills woman with machete in Germany, is arrested

In this grab taken from video, police arrest a man in Reutilingen, Germany, on Sunday. A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two other people.
(Nonstop News via AP)

A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two other people Sunday outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested. Police said there were no indications pointing to terrorism.

Police spokesman Bjoern Reusch told the Associated Press that witnesses said the 21-year-old asylum-seeker, who was known to police, was having an argument with the woman before attacking her about 4:30 p.m. The suspect, whose name was not released, wounded another woman and a man as he fled.

Investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the attack, but Reusch said, “there are no indications this was a terrorist act.”

The Bild newspaper reported that the woman worked at a kebab stand near where the confrontation took place.


The attack comes as Germany is on edge following a rampage at a Munich mall on Friday night by an 18-year-old who suffered psychological problems in which nine people were killed, and an ax attack on a train a week ago that left five wounded in southern Germany, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Some Germans are also fearful of any signs of a rise in crime or lawlessness after the country registered some 1 million asylum-seekers last year.


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12:35 p.m.: Updated with more information about the attack.


10:35 a.m.: Added details of the identity of the suspect.

This article was originally published at 10 a.m.