Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Man kills one and injures six in knife attack in Germany

Man kills one and injures six in knife attack in Germany

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear, and the police said that they were investigating in all directions.

Germany has been on high alert over Islamist terrorism threats, and has been hunting down suspects who belong to the ISIS terrorist group (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).

Officials interviewed the man and came away with the impression he was a "destabilised personality" but not someone who posed an immediate danger, Mr Voss said.

The attack happened in the Barmbek region in the north of the city in a branch of Edeka, Germany's largest supermarket chain.

She said the predictable response from the German government and media in the aftermath of the attack will be to side with the Islamists against their own people.

The mayor of the city called it an "attack" motivated by "hate", but police have remained cautious about naming the killer's motives.

"These criminals want to poison our free society with fear, but they will not succeed", said Scholz.

The agency quoted two witnesses at a nearby bakery as saying they heard the assailant shout "Allahu akbar!" as he held up the knife - but police did not confirm the report.

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A sixth man was injured as passers-by overpowered the attacker before he was arrested by police.

Police say the assailant attacked the first victim in the supermarket on Friday afternoon and that person died at the scene.

In both of these cases, the attackers had been asylum seekers. Der Tagesspiegel, a daily based in Berlin, said the suspect was of Palestinian ethnicity and had come to Germany seeking asylum.

The 26-year-old failed asylum seeker is now being held on suspicion of one count of murder as well as five counts of attempted murder, spokeswoman Nana Frombach said.

Early reports described his weapon as a "machete", but German police said it was likely a kitchen knife.

Grote added that the man had not been deported - even though his asylum application had been rejected - because he lacked the necessary identification papers.

Police searched a refugee shelter where the 26-year-old was believed to have been staying, but nothing was found.

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