Germany: Attacker Drives Car Into Heidelberg Pedestrian Area, 3 Injured

Three people were injured on Saturday when a vehicle drove into a pedestrian area of the German city of Heidelberg, BBC News reports.

Police officers stand guard near the attacked Christmas market in Berlin, capital of Germany, on December 21, 2016.

In October, police say they prevented an attack on a Berlin airport by a Syrian refugee, 22-year-old Jaber al-Bakr.

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Police were tipped off by eyewitnesses and shot the driver, who had escaped on foot, allegedly holding a knife, after a short manhunt.

On Twitter, the police responded to speculations that the driver was an immigrant, writing: "And again, for everyone: #Suspect: German with NO immigrant background!" Some reports say that the auto was a rental vehicle.

The suspect is thought to have driven the auto into crowds and injured three people before fleeing the vehicle.

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"At the current stage of the investigation there is nothing to suggest that it was a terrorist" act, the police said.

On Dec.19, 2016, an attacker drove a truck into a Christmas market near the iconic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, leaving 12 killed and more than 50 others injured. In July 2016, a similar attack in Nice, France, left 86 people dead.

One of the three victims was seriously injured, a police spokeswoman said.

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Police investigators at the crime scene.