REUTLINGEN, Germany: A Syrian refugee was arrested after killing a woman with a machete in the German city of Reutlingen, in an incident police said did not bear the hallmarks of a “terrorist attack” and was more likely to have been a crime of passion.
Three people were also injured in the assault, which ended when the 21-year-old assailant was hit by a car.
“At this stage of the enquiry we have nothing to indicate this was a terrorist attack,” local police said in a statement.
Nevertheless, the drama sparked fresh jitters in a country still reeling from other deadly attacks on civilians in recent days.
Police said the machete attack happened after the perpetrator “had a dispute” with a 45-year-old Polish woman. After killing her, the suspect briefly went on the run before being struck by a BMW, allowing officers to overpower him.
The incident took place at around 4:30 p.m. (1430 GMT) near the main bus station in the center of Reutlingen, a southwestern city of some 100,000 near Stuttgart.
The attacker was already known to police for previous acts of violence, a police source said.
German news agency DPA quoted a police spokesman as saying that officers were working under the assumption that the machete attack was “a crime of passion.”