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.