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Five injured in knife attack in Munich, suspect captured

By Sheetal Sukhija, Cincinnati News
22 Oct 2017, 04:02 GMT+10

MUNICH, Germany - The German police captured a knife-wielding man after a massive manhunt in Munich on Saturday. 

The suspect fled on a bicycle after launching a knife rampage in a busy section of Munich and leaving five people wounded.

He was captured by authorities who combed the Bavarian capital's Rosenheimer Platz and its surrounding areas in search of the suspect.

The suspect was described as being about 40 years old, wearing a green jacket and carrying a backpack with a camping mat. 

Later, reports describing the suspect as being a blonde, overweight and unshaven man.

The suspect was apprehended by the SWAT team following the large-scale search, hours after launching the attack.

Speaking to reporters after the capture, Munich police spokeswoman Marcus da Gloria Martins said, "We have arrested a person who very strongly resembles the description by witnesses, but we cannot confirm he is the attacker.”

Authorities have also stated that they have "no serious doubt" that the 33-year-old German man they arrested, who also boasts a previous police record, was, in fact, the assailant.

Preliminary information revealed that the assailant was acting alone and reportedly picked his victims randomly in six different locations around Munich.

Later in the day, the Police chief Hubertus Andrae said that investigators ruled out terrorism as the motivation for the attack.

Andrae also stated that he believed the man had mental health problems, but officials have not explicitly stated the official motive in the stabbing.

He said, “There are absolutely no indications at present of a terrorist, political or religious background, though we can only rule things out when all the questioning is finished. Rather than that, we believe that the perpetrator had psychological problems."

The police also stated in a tweet that none of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

The attack triggered memories of the 2016 killing spree committed by a teenager in Munich and the shooter was identified as a German and an Aryan.

He reportedly wanted to target youths with Turkish and Albanian backgrounds.

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