German police on Sunday shot dead a knife-wielding Turkish man who sought to attack officers within the city of Gelsenkirchen.
The man, who lived in Gelsenkirchen, struck a cruiser with an object and sought to assail officers standing by the vehicle “with a raised object,” a police spokesman told AFP.
Officers noted that the attacker was holding a knife behind his back, he added.
Despite several warnings from officers, the person refused to prevent his assault, leading a 23-year-old policeman to fireside an attempt that killed him.
Asked to verify reports that the person cried out “Allah Akbar” (“God is greater”) during the assault, the police spokesman would only say they’re “rumours”.
Germany remains on alert following a series of Islamist attacks, the deadliest of which was a truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas market in 2016 that killed 12 people. Dozens of suspects are arrested or charged over alleged terror plots in recent years.