Palestinian stabs and kills one in Germany, injures 6 more

Police tweeted about an hour after the attack that the motives had not yet been confirmed. But no links to terrorist or Islamist networks on the part of the suspect, who was taken.

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

The assailant entered the store in the Barmbek district shortly after 3 p.m. local time, randomly attacked people and fled but was caught moments later, according to the Die Welt newspaper.

There are reports that he is known Islamist and shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) as he fled. The suspect was overwhelmed by passers-by and slightly injured in the process, police said. Later police said that the perpetrator was a lone wolf attacker.

Muddy bootprints along the corridors marked the tell-tale signs of a massive police raid at an asylum seeker shelter in Hamburg, where the suspect who killed one and wounded six in a knife attack lived.

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

The website of the Spiegel news magazine said the individual was named Ahmad A., who had arrived in Germany seeking asylum and had contact with the Islamist scene, as well as a history of drug use and mental health problems.

The police said the man had suddenly started attacking customers in the shop, with no immediate indication of any political or religious motive.

On Feb 27, 2016, a 16-year-old German-Moroccan girl stabs a police officer in the neck with a kitchen knife, wounding him badly, an assault allegedly "ordered" by ISIS but which was not claimed by the group.

In both of these cases, the attackers had been asylum seekers. They said they are still working to establish his nationality.

Mayor Olaf Scholz said it was a "malicious attack", adding that the alleged attacker was a foreigner whom authorities had tried to deport but couldn't because he didn't have the required documents.

Earlier this month and despite a marked increase in crime, German Chancellor Angela Merkel again refused to consider capping the number of refugees she's permitted to flood Germany.

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