Sword-wielding woman slashes shoppers in shocking random attack in German town

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A SWORD-wielding woman has injured several people after going on a bladed rampage in a small town in southern Germany.

Shocking pictures from the scene show a huge weapon lying on the cobbles of the town square in Weiden, Bavaria, following the horror attack.


A woman armed with a sword has slashed passers-by in southern Germany


The enormous blade was pictured on the ground following the attack


The picturesque Bavarian town of Weiden where the horror attack took placeCredit: Getty

Police officers were scrambled to the German town just before noon local time (11am BST).

Several shoppers are being treated for stabbing injuries in the town, which is close to the Czech border around 109 miles north of Munich.

At least three people have been injured, German media reports, with two of them rushed to nearby hospitals for their injuries.

The attack happened in the Unter Markt square in Weiden’s picturesque town centre, home to some 42,000 people.

German news website Bild reported that the attacker was a middle-aged woman armed with a sword-like object.

No further information has been given about the woman’s motives behind the attack.

In a statement, the Upper Palatinate Police said: “There is currently a police operation on the lower market in Weiden in der Oberfalz. A woman had injured several people and was arrested.

“On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at around 11.54am, the police were informed that a woman was said to have injured several people with a sword-like object on the Unteren Markt.

“For this reason, a larger police operation is currently underway. The quickly arriving forces of the police were able to arrest the woman.

“Several injured people are currently being treated by the ambulance service.

“There is currently no danger to the population.”

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