Knife attack in Hamburg supermarket leaves one person dead

  • Knife attack in Hamburg supermarket leaves one person dead

Knife attack in Hamburg supermarket leaves one person dead

The supermarket where the attack took place is located in Barmbek, a northeast neighborhood in the northern port city of Hamburg.

Police officers stands in front of a supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, 27 July 2017.

The attacker then stabbed other people, wounding a woman and four men as he left the store.

Police said the suspect grabbed a kitchen knife with a 20-centimetre blade from a supermarket shelf on Friday afternoon and stabbed three men, with a 50-year-old man dying of his injuries.

But he was quickly overwhelmed by passers-by who threw chairs and other objects at him, giving time for the police to arrest him.

Andy Grote told a news conference on Saturday that an initial investigation found that the man, an asylum seeker who could not be deported because he had no identification papers, is also believed to have psychological problems.

"I am furious that the offender is apparently someone who has claimed protection with us in Germany and then directed his hate against us", Scholz said.

"There was information that he had been radicalized", he said. However, they did say in a tweet that there was only one perpetrator in the crime.

The person who was killed was described by police as a customer.

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.

Germany a year ago suffered three attacks inspired by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), including one in December that killed 12 people when a truck rammed into a Berlin Christmas market.

According to Deutsche Welle, Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz said it appeared that the suspect was facing deportation but this had not proceeded because necessary papers were lacking.

More than one million asylum seekers have arrived in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the country's borders in 2015.

Last December, Tunisian Anis Amri killed 12 people and injured 48 after he drove a truck into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market. "And now we don't know what he did this", he added.

"The real motives can also be found in the perpetrator's personality".

"We have to determine whether the offender was integrated in Hamburg's Islamic extremist scene or not".