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2 Injured in Stabbing in German City, Suspect Arrested

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A train arrives at the Faerberwaidweg station in Erfurt, Germany, on June 28, 2021. (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)

BERLIN—A man attacked and injured two passersby in the eastern German city of Erfurt early Monday, apparently with a knife, before fleeing. Police said the suspect was arrested several hours later.

The two victims, German men aged 45 and 68, were taken to nearby hospitals and underwent operations, police said. Meanwhile, authorities used a helicopter to search for the suspect after the attack at about 6 a.m.

The investigation led authorities to a 32-year-old German man with a record of violent and other offenses who had had mental health issues in the past, police said in a statement. He was arrested at his apartment with unspecified and apparently self-inflicted injuries and taken to a hospital.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, but police said there was no reason to suspect that it was politically motivated. The suspect and victims did not know each other.

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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