Suspect Arrested After Knife Attack Injures Several in Munich

Violet Powell
October 22, 2017

None of the injuries were life-threatening, police said, adding that the attacker's motive remained unclear.

Police arrested a man after eight people were injured in a knife attack on Saturday in the southern German city of Munich.

Munich police spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins said: "We have arrested a person who very strongly resembles the description by witnesses, but we can not confirm that he is the attacker".

"We have arrested a person who very strongly resembles the description by witnesses, but we can not confirm that he is the attacker", Martins said.

Da Gloria Martins says the assailant attacked six people at different locations in the area but only four of them were wounded.

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About three hours after the stabbings, police arrested a man matching that description who had initially tried to evade officers.

Police issued a description of the suspect, who appeared to be about 40-years-old and riding a black bicycle.

The 33-year-old suspect, who was carrying a knife when he was arrested, was already known to police for bodily harm, drug offenses and theft, city police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters.

Munich police tweeted to give description of the attacker: "a man about 40 years, riding a black bike; wearing grey pants, green training jacket, backpack+ sleeping mat".

But "absolutely no element" of the investigation leads police to believe it was a politically or religiously- motivated act of terror, he said.

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