Somali knifeman yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ before killing three people and wounding six more in Germany

A Somali knifeman yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ before killing three people and wounding six more in a street rampage before German police arrested him alive, according to local reports.

Police identified the suspect, who was wearing a face mask and is now being questioned in a hospital, as a 24-year-old Somali man living in Wurzburg, Germany. His life was not in danger from his gunshot wound, a spokeswoman said. 

The force said multiple people had been killed and injured, but did not give details. There has been no word yet on the possible motive for the attack. 

Bavaria’s top security official Joachim Herrmann confirmed five people are in a serious condition and it is ‘not certain’ if they will live.

A witness reported that the knifeman shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before the attack, he added. But a police spokesperson said none of the suspect’s previous offences were linked to terrorism.

Videos posted on social media showed pedestrians surrounding the attacker and holding him at bay with chairs and sticks at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg on Friday.   

A knifeman has killed at least three people and wounded six in a street rampage at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg, Germany on Friday, local media reports

A knifeman has killed at least three people and wounded six in a street rampage at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg, Germany on Friday, local media reports

A knifeman has killed at least three people and wounded six in a street rampage at Barbarossaplatz in Wurzburg, Germany on Friday, local media reports

Armed police walk in the German city of Wurzburg on Friday during a 'major operation' in which a 24-year-old Somali man was arrested after reports of multiple stabbings

Armed police walk in the German city of Wurzburg on Friday during a 'major operation' in which a 24-year-old Somali man was arrested after reports of multiple stabbings

Armed police walk in the German city of Wurzburg on Friday during a ‘major operation’ in which a 24-year-old Somali man was arrested after reports of multiple stabbings

Police officers run in the centre of the German city of Wurzburg today. The force said multiple people had been killed and injured, but did not give details

Police officers run in the centre of the German city of Wurzburg today. The force said multiple people had been killed and injured, but did not give details

Police officers run in the centre of the German city of Wurzburg today. The force said multiple people had been killed and injured, but did not give details

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre (pictured) for a 'major operation' on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre (pictured) for a 'major operation' on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre (pictured) for a ‘major operation’ on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away

A woman who said she had witnessed the incident told German RTL television that the police then stepped in.  

Julia Runze said: ‘He had a really big knife with him and was attacking people. Then many people tried to throw chairs or umbrellas or cellphones at him and stop him.’

‘The police then approached him and I think a shot was fired, you could hear that clearly.’  

‘The attacker was overpowered after police used a firearm,’ Lower Franconia police said on Twitter. ‘There are no indications of a second suspect. There is NO danger to the population.’

Police spokeswoman Kerstin Kunick said officers were alerted at around 5pm to a knife attack in Barbarossa Square in the centre of the city.

Bavaria’s governor Markus Soeder expressed shock at the news of the attack. ‘We grieve with the victims and their families,’ he wrote on Twitter.

Police said on Twitter that there was no danger to the population.

Bavaria’s top security official Joachim Herrmann was on his way to Wurzburg, a city of about 130,000 people located between Munich and Frankfurt. 

The second man, armed with a bag, attempts to scare off the knifeman

The second man, armed with a bag, attempts to scare off the knifeman

He shouts at the knifeman before disappearing off screen

He shouts at the knifeman before disappearing off screen

One man, armed with a bag, attempts to scare off the knifeman and is shouting at him before he disappears off screen

Videos posted on social media showed a young man seemingly holding a knife being warded off by other men holding chairs until police arrived

Videos posted on social media showed a young man seemingly holding a knife being warded off by other men holding chairs until police arrived

Videos posted on social media showed a young man seemingly holding a knife being warded off by other men holding chairs until police arrived

Videos showed members of the public chasing the knifeman

Videos showed members of the public chasing the knifeman

The videos matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg's central Barbarossaplatz

The videos matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg's central Barbarossaplatz

The videos of members of the public chasing the knifeman matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wurzburg’s central Barbarossaplatz

Local media earlier reported multiple stabbings in Wurzburg, a city of some 130,000 people south-east of Frankfurt. 

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre for a ‘major operation’ on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away.

Footage of the incident posted online showed barefoot attacker wielding a long knife in Barbarossaplatz.

A second man, armed with a bag, can be seen circling the knifeman and shouting at him.   

Police secure the area in the German city of Wurzburg on June 25 during a 'major operation' in which a suspect was arrested after local media had earlier reported multiple stabbings

Police secure the area in the German city of Wurzburg on June 25 during a 'major operation' in which a suspect was arrested after local media had earlier reported multiple stabbings

Police secure the area in the German city of Wurzburg on June 25 during a ‘major operation’ in which a suspect was arrested after local media had earlier reported multiple stabbings

Armed police are pictured securing the cordoned-off area in the city centre in Germany

Armed police are pictured securing the cordoned-off area in the city centre in Germany

Armed police are pictured securing the cordoned-off area in the city centre in Germany

German police in action at the scene earlier on Friday. The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody

German police in action at the scene earlier on Friday. The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody

German police in action at the scene earlier on Friday. The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody

Police securing the cordoned-off area in the city centre today. Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released

Police securing the cordoned-off area in the city centre today. Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released

Police securing the cordoned-off area in the city centre today. Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released

Armed police at the scene on Friday. Local media earlier reported multiple stabbings in Wurzburg, a city of some 130,000 people south-east of Frankfurt

Armed police at the scene on Friday. Local media earlier reported multiple stabbings in Wurzburg, a city of some 130,000 people south-east of Frankfurt

Armed police at the scene on Friday. Local media earlier reported multiple stabbings in Wurzburg, a city of some 130,000 people south-east of Frankfurt

He then disappears off screen as the suspect hurls the knifeman towards him. Several bystanders than intervene. 

Another video posted on social media appeared to show blood on the ground.

The clips matched the reported location of the attacks on and around Wuerzburg’s central Barbarossaplatz, though it was not immediately possible to confirm when they had been made.   

The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody.

Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released.    

The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody

The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody

The knifeman was overwhelmed by police after being shot in the leg. He was taken into custody

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre for a 'major operation' on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre for a 'major operation' on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away

Police had sealed off parts of the city centre for a ‘major operation’ on Friday afternoon and asked residents to stay away

Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released

Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released

Several victims were treated by emergency services. No information on their condition was released

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