From the UK Express
By Tom Batchelor
A knife-wielding attacker has carried out a vicious stabbing at a department store in Cologne in the latest act of violence to strike Germany.
The attacker, 58, lunged at a member of staff serving customers in the store after grabbing one of the blades on display.
A 57-year-old employee was said to be badly injured after they were stabbed in the torso.
Police are treating the attack, which happened at the Galeria Kaufhof shop on Cologne's main High Street, as murder. (Attempted murder? It is not yet clear if the victim died. - ed.)
The victim was rushed to hospital where they underwent emergency surgery - their identiy and condition is not yet known.
Investigators are looking into whether the attacker suffered with mental health problems.
There is no indication that the stabbing was terrorism-related although Germany is on high laert for another Islamist-inspired attack after a string of incidents in the last 10 days.
The attack happened yesterday evening in the centre of the wealthy west German city, just hours after a huge police operation was carried out at a job centre elsewhere in Cologne.
Police headed to the building at around 3 p.m. to arrest a man who had made a death threat after finding out that he had appointment at the employment office for that time.
According to the German newspaper Bild the operation was linked to an alleged fight between two men at a nearby refugee camp last night, during which one threatened to kill the other.
Officers who arrived at the building arrested the man and four fellow asylum seekers, according to reports.