Tuesday 21 August 2018

Police detain suspect after knife-wielding man carries out multiple stab attacks in Munich

German police officers guard the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.
German police officers guard the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.
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Police guard the area at Rosenheimer Platz square in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
Police guard the area at Rosenheimer Platz square in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Police say a man with a knife has lightly wounded several people in Munich. Officers are looking for the assailant. Munich police called on people in the Rosenheimer Platz square area, located close to the German city's downtown, to stay inside after the incident on Saturday morning. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
Firefighters, police and first aid vehicles are seen at the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.
German police officers guard the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.
German police officers guard the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.
A special German police officer is pictured at the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.
German police officers guard the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
A German police officer guards the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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A man injured four people with a knife in the German city of Munich on Saturday and police detained a suspect matching descriptions by witnesses.

Police had urged people in the Bavarian capital to stay home after a man on a black bicycle injured the four and attempted to stab two others.

Five men and one woman were attacked, Munich police spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins told reporters.

"We have arrested a person who very strongly resembles the description by witnesses, but we cannot confirm that he is the attacker," Martins said.

Police guard the area at Rosenheimer Platz square in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
Police guard the area at Rosenheimer Platz square in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

Police had described the suspect as a corpulent, unshaven man around 40 years old with medium-blonde hair.

Martins added that police were not sure what the attacker's motive was and that they would only name the detained suspect once they had determined that he was behind the attack.

Firefighters, police and first aid vehicles are seen at the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.
Firefighters, police and first aid vehicles are seen at the site where earlier a man injured several people in a knife attack in Munich, Germany, October 21, 2017.

Police believe the man, who seemingly randomly attacked people at several different locations, acted alone.

Police guard the area at Rosenheimer Platz square in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Police say a man with a knife has lightly wounded several people in Munich. Officers are looking for the assailant. Munich police called on people in the Rosenheimer Platz square area, located close to the German city's downtown, to stay inside after the incident on Saturday morning. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
Police guard the area at Rosenheimer Platz square in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Police say a man with a knife has lightly wounded several people in Munich. Officers are looking for the assailant. Munich police called on people in the Rosenheimer Platz square area, located close to the German city's downtown, to stay inside after the incident on Saturday morning. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

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