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Hamburg knife attack suspect known as Islamist but had no terror links

Hamburg knife attack suspect known as Islamist but had no terror links

The police spokeswoman said the motive for the attack was still under investigation.

The official noted that despite being considered ato be an Islamist, the man was not viewed as risky.

According to police reports a man attacked several people in a supermarket in Hamburg.

German media are dubbing the men who went after the attacker with chairs - reportedly mostly Muslims of Arab and Turkish descent - as the "Heroes of Hamburg".

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

One officer said there was "no valid information on the motive of the attacker" who police still had not identified several hours afterward.

Bild published a photo on Twitter of the attacker in the back of the police auto.

On Sept 17, 2015, an Iraqi man who spent time in jail for membership in an Islamist terrorist group is shot dead by German police after he stabs and seriously wounds a policewoman.

Last December, Tunisian Anis Amri killed 12 people and injured 48 after he drove a truck into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market.

His first victim, believed to be a 50-year-old German man, died at the scene.

On July 24, 2016, a 27-year-old failed Syrian asylum seeker blows himself up near an open-air music festival in the southern city of Ansbach, wounding 15 others. A 35-year-old man was injured while tackling the attacker, police said.

The attacker had been scheduled to be deported, but the process was held up as he lacked identity papers, Scholz said.

Kathrin Hennings, from the state police office, said the perpetrator bought bread from the supermarket before leaving and boarding a bus, but quickly returned, took a knife from a shelf, unwrapped it and launched the attack without warning. Plainclothes officers arrived shortly after and arrested the man.

He later wounded two other men in the supermarket before fleeing, injuring others along the way, before he was overpowered by courageous passers-by.

Photo The police searched a refugee shelter in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday in connection with a stabbing attack in a supermarket.


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