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Syrian asylum seeker kills woman with machete in Germany

German media are reporting that a man with a machete killed a woman and injured two others in the southwestern city of Reutlingen

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German police are working on the assumption that Sunday's machete attack by a Syrian asylum-seeker that left one woman dead and two people injured in the city of Reutlingen was a "crime of passion", DPA news agency reported.

Bild and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspapers had both earlier reported on Sunday that the reason for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear.

"When a man and woman have an argument, we assume that we are dealing with a crime of passion," a local police spokesman told DPA, after media reported that the attacker and the murdered woman were close and worked in the same snack bar.

The attack comes as Germany is on edge, following a rampage at a Munich mall on Friday night in which nine people were killed, and an ax attack on a train a week ago that left five wounded.

(With AP and Reuters)