Syrian refugee murders woman, injures two others southern Germany

Emergency services at the crime scene in Reutlingen. (EPA)

German police are working on the assumption that Sunday’s machete attack by a Syrian asylum-seeker that left one woman dead and two people injured in the city of Reutlingen was a “crime of passion”, DPA news agency reported.

He attacked the woman with a meat cleaver taken from the kebab shop where they both worked shortly after 4:30pm on Sunday. The German newspaper Bild reports the woman was pregnant. 

Bild and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspapers had both earlier reported on Sunday that the reason for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear.

“When a man and woman have an argument, we assume that we are dealing with a crime of passion,” a local police spokesman told DPA, after media reported that the attacker and the murdered woman were close and worked in the same snack bar.

“She was from Poland and cleared the tables for us,” Mr Alhelo, 20, told the local newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung. The attacker, he added, had come to Germany from Syria one and a half years ago. 

Another woman and a man were also injured in the attack.

A witness told Bild that a driver intentionally hit the man with his car, preventing him from harming more people. 

Local authorities have identified the man as a 21-year-old asylum-seeker from Syria who was known to the police and had previously been charged with causing bodily harm. 

The attack comes as Germany is on edge, following a rampage at a Munich mall on Friday night in which nine people were killed, and an ax attack on a train a week ago that left five wounded.


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  1. Frederick
    July 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

    There is no more time to waste , Germany government must eliminate all Islamist without any mercy on them.

  2. Henry Too
    July 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    We shouldn’t have long to wait for some liberals to come forward and say that this is not about Islam.

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