A twenty-one-year-old Syrian refugee killed a woman with a machete and injured two other people today before being arrested in the southern German city of Reutlingen, a police spokesman said.
The man, who has been detained, "had a dispute" with the woman and killed her "with a machete" before injuring a second woman and a man, according to a police statement that offered no explanation on the cause of the attack.
The Syrian man had been involved in previous incidents causing injuries to other people, he said. The spokesman had no immediate information on when the man arrived in Germany, or when the previous incidents took place.
The assailant was apparently acting alone, the police official said. "There is no danger to anyone else at this time," he said.
News channel NTV said there were scenes of panic in the city centre following the attack.