Wednesday 23 August 2017

Man armed with knife shot after driving vehicle into pedestrians in Germany

At least three people were hurt, one of them seriously

A car stands in front of a store, guarded by police in Heidelberg, Germany (Image: AP)
A car stands in front of a store, guarded by police in Heidelberg, Germany (Image: AP)
Policemen stand around a car in front of a business building in Heidelberg, western Germany, where a man ploughed into pedestrians Getty Images
A car is pictured in front of a business building in Heidelberg, western Germany, where a man ploughed into pedestrians Getty Images
Police vehicle and ambulance stand in front of a business building in Heidelberg, western Germany, where a man ploughed into pedestrians Getty Images
Policemen stand around a car in front of a business building in Heidelberg, western Germany, where a man ploughed into pedestrians Getty Images
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Three people have been injured, one of them seriously, after a car drove into pedestrians in German city of Heidelberg.

The male driver escaped the scene on foot and was later shot after being tracked down by officers, who were tipped off by the public.

The man was carrying a knife, police said.

He is in a serious condition in hospital. 

Footage posted to social media showed a number of police officers with their sidearms drawn.

One shot can be heard in the footage.

It is not yet clear what the man's motives were but a terrorist background is not suspected at the early stage of the investigation.

Police spokesperson Norbert Schaetzle said he could not confirm local media reports that the man was mentally disturbed, but said a terrorist background is not suspected and the man appears to have acted alone.

The car is believed to be rented.

In December 2016, 12 people were killed and 56 injured after a Tunisian man, Anis Amri, drove a truck into a Christmas market.

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