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Germany: Three women attacked with knives in Nuremberg

Three women had to undergo emergency surgery in the Bavarian city after suffering severe knife wounds in separate attacks. Police later arrested a 38-year-old man.

Three women suffered life-threatening injuries in separate attacks with what may have been an engraving tool in the southern German city of Nuremberg on Thursday evening.

The attacks took place between 7.20 p.m. local time (1820 UTC) and midnight in the city's St. Johannis district. All three women were walking home and taken by surprise. 

All three women — aged 56, 34 and 26 — underwent emergency surgery after being taken to nearby hospitals. They had all been injured on their upper bodies.

Police said the victims had given slightly different descriptions of their attacker.

A police car drives through the St. Johannis district

All three women were seriously injured

Investigation and arrest

On Saturday night, police said that a 38-year-old man had been in custody in connection with the attacks since the afternoon. A press conference was to be held on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said the charge was attempted murder for all three cases.

A special police unit of 40 officers had been set up following the attacks, using a profiler and DNA experts. This allowed investigators to limit the investigation to a "few people in focus."

The motive for the attacks remains unclear.

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