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One dead and driver shot by police after hitting pedestrians in Germany


One dead and driver shot by police after hitting pedestrians in Germany

One person has died and two more were injured after a car was driven into pedestrians in the German town of Heidelberg.

Police were tipped off by eyewitnesses and shot the driver, who had escaped on foot, allegedly holding a knife, after a short manhunt.

Following a short stand-off at a swimming pool near to the scene of the crash, the 35-year-old German suspect was shot once and taken to hospital in a serious condition where he underwent surgery, according to a statement from local police.

No specifics were given on the identity of the attacker, but authorities said there were still no signs of links to terrorism.

Local police confirmed that a 73-year-old man had died from injuries sustained in the crash and that an Austrian man, 32, and a woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina, 29, had suffered light injuries.

It was reported that the suspect had stopped at a red traffic light and, when it turned green, put his foot down before hitting the group and smashing into a pillar.

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