Refugee hacks woman in suspected crime of passion
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. –