1 dead, 6 wounded in Hamburg knife attack
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.