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

Suspected Islamist of Palestinian origin stabs man to death in Germany
Report: Hamburg Stabbing Suspect is Known Radical
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30 July, 2017

A Palestinian man who allegedly stabbed one person to death and wounded six others in Hamburg was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but is also psychologically unstable, German officials said Saturday. She said she had no information that the attacker was known to authorities as an Islamist, as reported by the newspaper Tagesspiegel.

The man, who has not been named, attacked people with a kitchen knife at a store in Hamburg on Friday. Some of the injured were hurt seriously.

Grote said the attacker appeared to have Islamist motives but was also "psychologically unstable".

The man's motive remained unclear Saturday but he is believed to have acted alone and there are no indications he had links to any network, Hamburg state interior minister Andy Grote said.

Police have been on high alert in Germany since a spate of attacks on civilians a year ago including a December attack on a Berlin Christmas market, when a hijacked truck plowed into the crowds, killing 12 and injuring many more.

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.

"The attacker was known to security forces".

The state domestic intelligence service in Hamburg had flagged him, the officials told CNN, but the suspect was not considered a priority cause for concern because the depth of his radicalization was not clear. The mayor said Ahmed was motivated by "hate". The suspect, whom the authorities did not identify by name, had previously been arrested for shoplifting.

A commission is probing the case, and a psychological investigation is being conducted before charges - likely murder and attempted murder - are filed, said Jvrg Frvhlich, Hamburg's state prosecutor. He was a 26-year-old born in the United Arab Emirates and he had applied for asylum in Germany.

Bild showed a picture of a man said to be the Hamburg attacker sitting in the back of a police vehicle, his face concealed with a bloodied shroud.


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