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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.

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

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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.

German authorities are on high-alert after a man drove a truck into Christmas crowds at a Berlin market, killing 12 people.