1 dead, 6 wounded in Ham­burg knife at­tack

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Ham­burg, Ger­many - One per­son was killed and six oth­ers were in­jured on Fri­day when a failed asy­lum-seeker bran­dish­ing a knife at­tacked shop­pers in a Ham­burg su­per­mar­ket, be­fore be­ing over­pow­ered by passersby, po­lice and of­fi­cials said.

The at­tack had been mo­ti­vated by ‘hate’, mayor Olaf Scholz said, although he stopped short of declar­ing it a ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent. “It makes me espe­cially an­gry that the per­pe­tra­tor ap­pears to be a per­son who claimed pro­tec­tion in Ger­many and then turned his hate against us,” he said.

Po­lice said that the man was a 26 year old born in the UAE, but were un­able to im­me­di­ately con- firm his na­tion­al­ity or iden­tify the mo­tive be­hind the vi­o­lence.

News web­site Spiegel On­line re­ported that the in­di­vid­ual was named Ah­mad A, who had ar­rived in Ger­many seek­ing asy­lum and had con­tact with the Is­lamist scene as well as a his­tory of men­tal health prob­lems and drug use. The at­tacker had been sched­uled to be de­ported, but the process had been held up as he lacked iden­tity pa­pers, Scholz said.

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