Germany machete attack: Syrian asylum seeker murders 'pregnant' woman in Reutlingen
Germany machete attack: suspect's employer says he acted in 'a strange manner'Play! 00:53
Zia Weise, munich
24 JULY 2016 • 9:51PM
A Syrian man has attacked and killed a woman he was reportedly in love with, hitting her with a meat cleaver in the southern German town of Reutlingen.
Another woman and a man were also injured in the attack. Local authorities have identified the man as a 21-year-old asylum-seeker from Syria who was known to the police and had previously been charged with causing bodily harm.
Police arrest a man in Reutilingen, Germany, after a woman was killed with a machete and two others injured CREDIT: PA
He attacked the woman with a meat cleaver taken from the kebab shop where they both worked shortly after 4:30pm on Sunday. The German newspaper Bild reports the woman was pregnant.
Police surround a machete on the ground in Reutlingen
German police said they were working on the assumption the attack was a "crime of passion"
"When a man and woman have an argument, we assume that we are dealing with a crime of passion," a local police spokesman told DPA, the German news agency, after media reported that the attacker and the murdered woman were close and worked in the same snack bar.
A damaged car is seen near the site where a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete
A damaged car is seen near the site where a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete CREDIT: AFP
Local media report that the man was arguing with the woman before attacking her. Mohammad Alhelo, who also worked at the kebab shop, described the attacker as a “friendly guy” who was in love with the woman he killed.
“She was from Poland and cleared the tables for us,” Mr Alhelo, 20, told the local newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung. The attacker, he added, had come to Germany from Syria one and a half years ago.
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