Fa­tal ma­chete at­tack: Syr­ian refugee held


REUT­LIN­GEN, GER­MANY — A 21year-old refugee from Syria killed a woman with a ma­chete in south­west­ern Ger­many on Sun­day, and was ar­rested af­ter a mo­torist de­lib­er­ately ran him down, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

It was the coun­try’s sec­ond ma­jor act of vi­o­lence car­ried out by an asy­lum seeker in a week.

The man, whose iden­tity was not re­leased, had been in­volved in at least one pre­vi­ous vi­o­lent episode, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials in Reut­lin­gen, where the af­ter­noon at­tack oc­curred near the cen­tral bus sta­tion.

“At this time, we sus­pect this crime is linked to re­la­tion­ship trou­bles,” Michael Schaal, a po­lice spokesper­son, said. “Wit­nesses have told us that be­fore the at­tack, they had ar­gued.”

Schaal added that au­thor­i­ties had not yet been able to iden­tify the vic­tim.

“She had no pa­pers or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with her,” he said. “So far, we have not been able to find any rel­a­tives.”

Last Mon­day, a 17-year-old refugee who had come to Ger­many from Afghanistan as an un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nor in­jured four peo­ple on a train and a passerby near Wurzburg. He was armed with an axe and a knife.

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