Knifeman is held after killing one and injuring four in Hamburg attack

Ray Weaver
July 30, 2017

When he returned, he approached a man selling kitchen knives, grabbed one and fatally stabbed him, she said. A 50-year-old man died of his injuries.

- Who was the attacker? Officers then arrested him. While on the run, the suspect stabbed and injured four other people.

But Friday's attack is sure to draw parallels to the December 19 truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market carried out by Anis Amri that killed 12 and wounded dozens.

Police say one person has been arrested following the incident the store in the Barmbek region north of the city, but added it is too soon to determine a motive.

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 suspect was to appear in court Saturday on one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder, said Joerg Froehlich, Hamburg chief prosecutor. Police chief Ralf Meyer said the suspect was "almost exemplary" in this aspect.

He said the unnamed attacker was known to have been radicalised but had not been considered risky and his motive remained unclear. A 35-year-old man was injured while tackling the attacker, police said.

German media reported that the man had Islamist views and was known to authorities.

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

"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.

He also said the attacker, a Palestinian asylum seeker who could not be deported as he lacked identification documents, was psychologically unstable.

In both of these cases, the attackers had been asylum seekers.

Security has been a campaign issue ahead of September 24 parliamentary elections, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to win a fourth term in office.

But both German newspaper BILD and a witness to the assault said the man yelled "Allahu Akbar" during the bloody spree.

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