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

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

<p>One person has died and two more were injured after a car was driven into pedestrians in the German town of Heidelberg.</p> <p>Police were tipped off by eyewitnesses and shot the driver, who had escaped on foot, allegedly holding a knife, after a short manhunt.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>No specifics were given on the identity of the attacker, but authorities said there were still no signs of links to terrorism.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">18:30: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Heidelberg?src=hash">#Heidelberg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bismarckplatz?src=hash">#Bismarckplatz</a>: Die Kollegen ermitteln. <a href="https://t.co/pMMnEil7V5">pic.twitter.com/pMMnEil7V5</a></p>— Polizei Mannheim (@PolizeiMannheim) <a href="https://twitter.com/PolizeiMannheim/status/835543029578678272">25 February 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>German authorities are on high-alert after a man drove a truck into Christmas crowds at a Berlin market, killing 12 people.</p>