Report: Two Suspects Flee After Axe, Shooting Attack in German City of Cologne

Man who sustains stab wound tries to escape in his car while under fire; motive still unclear, German newspaper says.

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German police guards at a Turkish travel agency in Duisburg, Germany, on Aug. 10, 2016 during searches linked to suspected supporters of ISIS.
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REUTERS — One person was wounded in a knife and shooting attack in Cologne city center in the early hours of Monday, German newspaper Express reported, adding that two suspects were on the run.

The paper said several people had told the police shortly before 4 A.M. local time that three or four people seemed to be having problems with a man.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing men attacking each other with axes, Express said on its website.

A man who sustained a stab wound tried to flee in his car but other men shot at him, though they only hit the car.

Two possible perpetrators were later stopped by police. The motive for the attack is unknown, the newspaper reported.