Irishman killed in Germany while fleeing police after stabbing three people

The scene at the motorway in Cologne

Two people remain in a serious condition after an Irishman reporrtedly stabbed three people in a violent rampage in northern Germany, before he was himself killed while fleeing from police.

The man, who in his 20s and armed with a knife, was hit by a car and killed as he tried to cross a busy motorway.

Newspaper reports this morning have named the Irishman alleged to have been involved in Monday's attacks as 27-year-old Enda McLoughlin from Glentogher, Carndonagh in Co Donegal.

Gardaí and the Department of Foreign Affairs last night confirmed that a man of that name and address had been killed in Germany.

Mr McLaughlin is understood to have a number of previous convictions, including for assault.

A garda spokesman said Interpol informed gardaí of his death and that his next of kin had been notified.

Police in the German city of Aachen say an Irishman stabbed a taxi driver and then fled the scene before attempting to rob and stabbing another man.

It is claimed he then got into another another cab and asked to be taken to Cologne.

However during the journey, the driver was alerted to the danger over his radio and he stopped the car, saying he was doing so to allow Mr McLaughlin to have a break. The driver then drove away from the scene.

Shortly afterwards the Irishman attacked a truck driver in the car park of a service station, seriously wounding him. It is understood the truck driver is critically ill this morning.

The man again fled the scene, but was hit by a car while attempting to cross the busy motorway, and died at the scene.

A post mortem is set to be carried out on his body at a hospital in Cologne.

Most Read in Ireland