Three killed in street attack as clip shows knifeman swipe at passersby

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Three people have reportedly been killed in a horror knife attack.

Six others were also injured, some seriously, during the terrifying incident in Würzburg, Germany, on Friday, June 25, German newspaper BILD reports.

Police have confirmed their part in a "major operation" following reports of an attack and several roads in the city were subsequently closed.

The force confirmed a suspect has been arrested after they were "overpowered after police use of firearms".

The local police force are yet to confirm the number of fatalities.

Officers also confirmed the tragic news that people have been killed during the incident, which is said to have happened in the city centre, saying there are "several injuries and also fatalities to mourn".

In a series of tweets, Polizei Unterfranken, the local police force, wrote: "Currently major police operation in Würzburg. Parts around Barbarossaplatz are closed. Please avoid this area. Further information follows."

They then added: "We arrested a suspect. There is currently no evidence of a second perpetrator. There is NO danger to the population!"

A third tweet read: "We are still on the ground with strong forces.

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"The attacker was overpowered after police use of firearms.

"Several people have been injured and there have also been fatalities. There is no longer any danger!"

Clips circulating on social media showed the horrifying moment a man lunged at passersby.

In one of the videos, screams can be heard and a man shouts: “He has just stabbed a woman.”

Other citizens then throw chairs at someone and a man tries to stop an alleged suspect.

Another video showed police appearing to apprehend a man, who was reportedly shot in the leg by officers.

Würzburg is a city in Germany's Bavaria region and is south-east of Frankfurt and is home to nearly 130,000 people.

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