Refugee hacks woman in sus­pected crime of pas­sion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A SYR­IAN refugee was ar­rested af­ter killing a woman with a ma­chete in this Ger­man city, 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 in­quiry, we have noth­ing to in­di­cate this was a ter­ror­ist at­tack,” lo­cal po­lice said.

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 about 4:30pm near the main bus sta­tion in the town cen­tre.

The at­tacker was al­ready known to po­lice for pre­vi­ous acts of vi­o­lence, a po­lice source said.

Ger­man news agency DPA quoted a po­lice spokesper­son as say­ing that of­fi­cers were work­ing un­der the as­sump­tion that the ma­chete at­tack was “a crime of pas­sion”.

The at­tacker and the mur­dered woman worked in the same Turk­ish fast-food restau­rant, where the ar­gu­ment also started.

The in­ci­dent sparked scenes of panic in the city, NTV news chan­nel re­ported, with Ger­mans still on edge fol­low­ing the July 22 mass shoot­ing in Mu­nich, where a Ger­man-Ira­nian teenager killed nine peo­ple be­fore com­mit­ting sui­cide. –

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