Heidelberg car attack injures three

Three people have been injured in the German city of Heidelberg after a man drove a car into a pedestrian area.

The attacker, who was believed to have been armed with a knife, was shot and injured by police in a brief standoff after fleeing the scene on foot.

His motives are unclear, but terrorism is not suspected and he is thought to have acted alone, police say.

In December an Islamist attacker drove a lorry into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 49.

In Heidelberg the attacker drove what is thought to be a rental car into pedestrians in one of the city’s central squares, injuring three people, one of whom is said to be in a serious condition.

He then left the car but was tracked down and shot by police near an old swimming pool.

Police were unable to confirm local media reports that the attacker was mentally disturbed.

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