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Suspect killed after two people wounded in Bavaria knife attack

A knife-wielding man wounded two people in a southern German town on Thursday before being fatally shot by police who said they were investigating a possible "Islamist or terrorist context".

A police car at the scene of the incident in Ansbach.
A police car at the scene of the incident in Ansbach. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/vifogra | Friedrich

The 30-year-old man attacked several passers-by “with at least one knife”, near the train station in Ansbach, a Bavarian town close to Nuremberg, according to local police.

Two people were injured but their lives were not in danger, the statement said.

When security forces intervened, the assailant “attacked the police” who opened fire and fatally wounded him, the statement added.

“The man shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ several times during the commission of the crime,” police said, adding that they were investigating “whether the crime had a link with an Islamist or terrorist context”.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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