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Germany Knife Attack: 3 killed, 5 seriously injured

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The three people killed in a knife attack in the German city of Würzburg on Friday were all women, police say.

Numerous people were killed and others injured on Friday in the southern German city of Wuerzburg, the police said. This incident was reported as a knife attack by the media.

“The attacker was overpowered after the police used firearms. There are several injured as well as fatalities,” said police on Twitter.

However, the police did not reveal any details on the suspect’s motives.

German news outlets stated that the suspect had attacked people in the city centre with a knife.

The Bild newspaper reported that police were able to arrest the suspect as they shot him in the leg. Further, it added that at least three people were killed and six were injured.

The motive and full identity of the culprit has not yet been recognized. But still, the country has been on high alert after various deadly Islamist extremist attacks.

In the past years, alleged Islamists have committed several attacks in Germany.

The deadliest attack was a truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas market in December 2016 that killed 12 people. The Tunisian attacker, a failed asylum seeker, was a supporter of the Islamic State jihadist group.

More recently, one man was killed and another seriously injured in an Islamist knife attack in the city of Dresden in October.

Moreover, in May A 20-year-old Syrian jihadist received life imprisonment because of the homophobic attack.

In August, six people were injured in a series of motorway accidents in Berlin. The prosecutors described this incident as a suspected Islamist attack.

The number of Islamists considered dangerous in Germany rose sharply between 2015 and 2018, according to security services.

But since then, there has been a decline in the numbers. Now only 615 are considered dangerous by the latest count — compared with 730 in January 2018.

Furthermore, there are also 521 people “who have attracted the attention of the security services but have not yet reached the stage of being considered dangerous”.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has permitted more than one million asylum seekers since 2015.

This decision has led to the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which charges that the arrival spells a sharp security risk.

Despite the Islamist attacks, there have been other assaults by knife-wielding people.

In October 2017, a man carrying a knife randomly attacked passersby in central Munich.

This act lightly injured about eight people. Police omitted terrorism as a motive after keeping the alleged offender.

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