Three injured in auto attack in German city of Heidelberg

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One person was killed and two injured Saturday when a man rammed a vehicle into pedestrians in the southern German city of Heidelberg, said police, adding that it did not appear to be a terror attack.

The driver is said to be in a serious condition in hospital.

Police shot and injured the man, who was armed with a knife, after a brief standoff.

The motives for the attack remained unknown. The suspect, armed with a knife, left the auto and went toward the Bergheimer street, where he was identified by a police unit. Schaetzle did not confirm whether the man was mentally disturbed, but said that that the perpetrator likely acted alone.

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Local media report that the suspect was driving a rental auto. The city is primarily known as a university town - about a quarter of its 150,000 residents are students.

German authorities are on high-alert after a man drove a truck into Christmas crowds at a Berlin market, killing 12 people. In July 2016, a similar attack in Nice, France, left 86 people dead.

Police spokeswoman Anne Baas said one of the three people hit outside a bakery was also seriously injured.

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