Man arrested after 4 stabbed in Munich

Update 1.30pm: A man has been arrested after four people were stabbed in Munich, Bavarian police said.

Six people - five men and one woman - were reportedly attacked by a lone assailant in the Haidhausen area, just east of Munich city centre, at about 8.30am local time.

Police guard the area at Rosenheimer Platz square in Munich, Germany today. Picture: AP

Four of them were injured, but none seriously. Officers said the man appeared to have attacked people indiscriminately. The stab wounds suffered were said to be superficial.

After the attack, police took to Twitter to warn people in the Rosenheimer Platz area to stay indoors and cautioned them to avoid the area around the nearby Ostbahnhof railway station and a park amid conflicting accounts of the direction in which the suspect fled.

Police also issued a description of the suspect, who they said appeared to be about 40 years old and had a black bicycle, gray trousers, a green jacket and a backpack.

They described him as having a "corpulent figure" and added that he had short blond hair and was unshaven.

About three hours after the stabbing, police arrested a man matching that description who initially tried to evade officers.

Police cannot yet confirm whether the man held was the perpetrator.

There is no immediate word on a possible motive.

Update 11am: Five people have been injured in a stabbing in Munich.

Police are warning people in the city to stay at home as they hunt the attacker, who fled the scene on a bicycle.

Officers say the motive for the attack is not yet clear.

Earlier:

Four people have been hurt by a man with a knife in Munich.

German police say no-one was badly hurt in the incident, and a man is being sought by officers.

Munich police called on people in the Rosenheimer Platz area, located close to the German city centre, to stay inside after the incident on Saturday morning.

The perpetrator appeared to be about 40 years old and had a black bicycle, grey trousers, a green jacket and a backpack.

The police department said on Twitter that officers are looking for the assailant "with all available police forces".

It said the motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

None of the injuries sustained are considered life-threatening.


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