Hamburg supermarket attacker a ‘known Islamist,’ official says


Posted on: July 29th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(HAMBURG, Germany) — The suspect who police said killed at least one person in a knife attack in a Hambug, Germany, supermarket was a “known Islamist, but not a jihadist,” an official said according to the BBC.

Hamburg’s Interior Minister Andy Grote added that the suspect had “psychological” issues, the BBC reports.

The attacker entered the supermarket in the Barmbek region on Friday and “suddenly started stabbing customers,” according to Hamburg Police. Police said they arrested a suspect after he fled from the store.

Hamburg Police said the suspect is a 26-year-old Palestinian man from the United Arab Emirates identified as “Ahmad A,” Grote said according to the BBC, and he acted alone.

A motive for the suspect is not yet known, officials sad Saturday.

A shelter in Hamburg where the suspect was living was searched by officials, but they found no evidence he was a part of a terror organization or had any assistance in the attack.

A 50-year-old German male was killed in the attack, police said, and a 54-year-old woman and four men (ages 64, 57, 56 and 19 years old), suffered stabbing injuries. Hamburg Police said a 35-year-old man was injured while trying to overpower the suspect.

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