Man kills 1, injures 4 in German supermarket attack

Man kills 1, injures 4 in German supermarket attack

Man kills 1, injures 4 in German supermarket attack

A 26-year-old "Palestinian" refugee entered a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany and stabbed one man to death while shouting "Allahu Akbar". Four men, ages 19 to 64, and one 50-year-old woman suffered stabbing wounds.

The attacker was a rejected asylum seeker, who earlier on Friday had inquired at a city office for foreigners about whether deportation papers had arrived. He called it a "barbaric" attack and praised the citizens who overpowered the man as "very courageous".

"An offender has attacked and injured several people in a supermarket".

The attacker, who was arrested by police, was said to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is the Greatest) during the rampage.

Federal prosecutors, who handle terrorist attacks, have not yet taken over the case, he said.

In a news release later Friday, police said the suspect is 26 years old and was born in the United Arab Emirates, but they could not confirm his current citizenship.

The police using their official twitter handle said the reason for the attack is yet to be ascertained.

The 16-year-old boy was fatally wounded in the knife assault on the banks of the Alster river but a 15-year-old girl who was with him escaped unharmed after the attacker shoved her into the water.

But multiple German media reported that the man was known to the authorities as an Islamist and that police were investigating his connections to Germany's Salafist scene.

After initial reports of the suspect being a robber, police later said that a possible robbery motive had not yet been confirmed.

"It is infuriating that this perpetrator is someone who asked for protection in Germany and then turned his hate against us", he added.

Mr Scholz said the attacker had been due to be deported but that his expulsion had been delayed because he did not have identity papers. "They said he started talking a lot about the Quran, stopped drinking alcohol and questioning many things".

Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany's borders in 2015, bringing more than one million asylum seekers to Germany since.

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