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Hamburg Stabber ‘Islamist But Not Jihadist’ Say Police

Mourners at a vigil for the man killed in Friday's stabbing attack in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)
Mourners at a vigil for the man killed in Friday’s stabbing attack in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)

A 26-year-old Palestinian man who killed one and injured seven in a stabbing spree on July 28 in the German city Hamburg was known to intelligence services, police said a day later.

Police had investigated the man, who was born in the United Arab Emirates and who had his asylum application denied. They concluded he was “an Islamist and was recorded as such in the appropriate systems, not as a jihadist but as an Islamist,” according to a statement made by Hamburg Interior Minister Andy Grote.

The man stabbed people in a supermarket on Friday afternoon. He was overwhelmed by bystanders and arrested shortly after he ran into the street to continue his rampage.

He was assessed as psychologically unstable. Police say it is too early to ascribe a motive to the attack. They also believe he acted alone.

In other German news, one person was killed and four injured in a shooting attack at a nightclub in the city of Konstanz near the Swiss border. The 34-year-old suspect was shot by police who responded to the incident. He later died of his wounds in hospital. The shooting reportedly took place at around 3:30 am local time. Police have dispatched commando forces and a helicopter to scour the area for possible accomplices since it is not yet known if he acted alone. Police have not yet identified a motive for the attack.

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Elliot Friedland
Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

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