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Germany: one dead and three injured in an attack on the University of Heidelberg, twinned with Montpellier


At least four people were injured on Monday in an attack perpetrated by a man who committed suicide at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. This campus is twinned with Paul-Valery University in Montpellier.

The facts took place on the campus of the University of Heidelberg, in an amphitheater, in the south-west of Germany on Monday.

“The author allegedly killed with a long weapon during a course given in an amphitheater at the University of Neuenheimer Feld, injuring, in part seriously, four people”explained the Mannheim police as reported by BFMTV.

The shooter then ‘committed suicide’said Stefan Wilhelm, spokesman for the Mannheim police.

The reaction of Michaël Delafosse, mayor of Montpellier

Michaël Delafosse, mayor of the city and president of the metropolis of Montpellier, reacted to the attack against the University of Heidelberg. The city councilor is traveling to Paris, in order to obtain funding for the Anru: “This is terrible news. Heidelberg, the twin city of Montpellier. All my thoughts go out to the families of the victims, to the university community and to the people of Heidelberg, its mayor Eckart Würzner. It is an ignoble tragedy, the circumstances will remain to be known”.

Twinned with Paul-Valery

This university is twinned with the Paul-Valery Faculty of Montpellier. According to our information, the Montpellier Hous students are all safe and sound.

#Heidelberg – Großeinsatz #Neuenheimer Feld: Das ist bisher bekannt: Ein Einzeltäter verletzte mehrere Personen in einem Hörsaal mit einer Langwaffe.
Der Täter selbst ist tot.
Kollegen sind weiterhin mit starken Kräften vor Ort – wir informieren hier weiter! https://t.co/aovlQc99tl

— Polizei Mannheim (@PolizeiMannheim) January 24, 2022

The university has asked its students by email not to come to the Neuenheimer Feld campus at this time. However, there would be “no more imminent threat”, according to the German channel SWR.

“Our students are safe and sound”, confirms the Paul Valéry University of Montpellier

As soon as the attack at the University of Heidelberg was announced in the media, a crisis unit was triggered at the Paul Valéry University in Montpellier. Quickly, the international relations office managed to get in touch with the five Montpellier students present on site.

“Our students are safe and sound. We still have one last check to carry out but all are well. They were not at the scene of the attack at the time of the incident”, confirmed the Erasmus office of the university.

Similar checks are currently being carried out by the services of the University of Montpellier, born of the merger of the universities of Montpellier 1 and Montpellier 2 in 2015. According to our information, no students are currently on the list of injured .