Hamburg supermarket attack leaves one dead

One person was killed and four injured in a stabbing attack Friday at a supermarket in Hamburg, northern Germany, police said.

Police spokesman Timo Zill told local media the investigation was in its early stages and that no possible motive was being excluded, including terror.
He said the suspect was armed with a kitchen knife when he entered the supermarket and started stabbing customers. One person died and four people were injured, one of them severely, he said.

There are unconfirmed reports that he shouted “Allahu akhbar”, Arabic for “God is great” while attacking people. Armed police are at the scene.

It was not immediately known if the assault had any connection to terror. ISIS has been urging its followers to use knives or vehicles in order to facilitate more attacks and Germany has been the site of past Islamist incidents.

But both German newspaper BILD and a witness to the assault said the man yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the bloody spree. The phrase, Arabic for “God is great,” is  frequently shouted by Islamic extremists before an attack.

Bild newspaper published a photo of a man purported to be the attacker covered in blood and said he began wildly striking at shoppers before being stopped.

The attack happened in the Barmbek region in the north of the city in a branch of Edeka, Germany’s largest supermarket chain.

Police say the man’s weapon may have looked like a machete but they are, for now, assuming it was a kitchen knife.

He attacked customers in the supermarket at random, ran outside and was chased by customers and by people outside the shop. They brought him to the ground before he was detained by plain-clothes police officers.

Hamburg police tweeted that the suspect was “definitely a lone attacker.”
The attack happened Friday afternoon local time at a supermarket in the Barmbek area to the north of the city.
Speculation in German media said the attack may have been part of a robbery attempt but police said that that motive could not be confirmed.

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