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Syrian Refugee Kills Woman With a Machete, Wounds Two Others in Germany — Here's What We Know

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Officials say "there are no indications this was a terrorist act."

BERLIN (AP) -- A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others Sunday outside a bus station in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen before being arrested. Police said there were no indications pointing to terrorism.

A police line is seen near the site where a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete, on July 24, 2016 in Reutlingen, southern Germany. The man, who was arrested, 'had a dispute' with the woman and killed her 'with a machete' before injuring a second woman and a man, police stated. / AFP / dpa / Christoph Schmidt / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPH SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Police spokesman Bjoern Reusch told The Associated Press that witnesses said the 21-year-old asylum-seeker, who was known to police, was having an argument with the woman before attacking her about 4:30 p.m. The suspect, whose name was not released, wounded another woman and a man as he fled.

Investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the attack, but Reusch said "there are no indications this was a terrorist act."

The Bild newspaper reported the woman worked at the kebab stand near where confrontation took place.

A police line is seen near the site where a Syrian asylum-seeker killed a woman and injured two people with a machete, on July 24, 2016 in Reutlingen, southern Germany. The man, who was arrested, 'had a dispute' with the woman and killed her 'with a machete' before injuring a second woman and a man, police stated. / AFP / dpa / Christoph Schmidt / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPH SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

The attack comes as Germany is on edge following a rampage at a Munich mall on Friday night by an 18-year-old who suffered psychological problems in which nine people were killed, and an ax attack on a train a week ago that left five wounded in southern Germany, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Some Germans are also fearful of any signs of a rise in crime or lawlessness after the country registered some 1 million asylum-seekers last year.

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