A knife stabber killed at least three people and injured six others in a rampage in a German city, the police said.
The incident occurred at Barbarossaplatz in Würzburg, Bavaria, with local media reporting multiple knife wounds.
Bayerischer Rundfunk announced that the police had become aware of the incident around 5 p.m.
The perpetrator was stopped and taken into custody after being shot in the leg. PICTURE reported.
Police have identified the attacker as a 24-year-old Somali national who lived in the city.
They said he was hit by a bullet but his life was not in danger.
The officers initiated a “major operation” and stayed at the scene of the accident.
The officials have not confirmed the number of victims, but said there were “several people injured and killed”.
The police said there was no longer any danger for the population.
During the investigations by the officials, parts of the Würzburg city center were cordoned off.
The police in Lower Franconia announced in a Twitter message: “There is currently a large police operation in # Würzburg.
“Parts around Barbarossaplatz are closed. Please avoid this area. More information will follow.
“We arrested a suspect. There are currently no indications of a second perpetrator.
“There is NO danger to the population! Please do not guess – more information will follow.”
Videos shared on social media show the alleged attacker barefoot and apparently with a knife in hand as some passers-by try to fend him off.
Screams can be heard in the footage and a man yells, “He just stabbed a woman.”
A group of men can be seen throwing the knife with some chairs while the police rush to the scene.
In another video, the suspect is seen on the ground while an officer handcuffs him.
Several victims have been treated by emergency services, but police have not released any information about their condition.
Würzburg has about 128,000 inhabitants and is about 120 km east of Frankfurt.
Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann is on the way to Würzburg, TV broadcaster ZDF today reported.
Shortly after 8 p.m. local time, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder tweeted: “Terrible and shocking news from Würzburg.
“We mourn with the victims and their families. We are afraid and hope with the injured.
“Thanks to the police for the quick action.”