An unidentified knifeman has attacked and wounded several people in central Munich, local police and firefighters reported.
Local law enforcement told residents not to leave their homes. The suspect has been described as a man in his 40s. There has been no mention of any motive for the assault so far. The suspect is also carrying a backpack, according to a police tweet.
Bild reported a police helicopter in the sky over the area, while police cars and ambulances are visible on the spot with many people looking on.
Meanwhile, Munich police cautioned against “unhelpful speculation” and urged the public to wait for further statements from the authorities. According to the Munich Fire Department, five people sustained “light injuries” during the assault. Police say there are conflicting reports as to which way the perpetrator fled.
Police spokesperson Markus da Gloria Martins said later in the day: “We have a suspect. We don’t know yet whether this is the perpetrator or not,” according to Bild.
The attack comes just one day after another suspect, described by witnesses as a “madman,” injured nine people inside the VIVO shopping mall in the Polish town of Stalowa Wola. The knifeman, reportedly aged 27, indiscriminately attacked visitors before being apprehended by police.
Munich itself saw a shooting rampage in July last year, when an eighteen-year-old shot dead nine people at the Olympia shopping mall in the Bavarian metropolis. The gunman committed suicide shortly after the shooting, and was described in conflicting reports as either a far-right extremist or an Islamist.