Knife-wielding man goes on deadly rampage in Germany

One person has been killed and several are injured after a stabbing attack in a supermarket in the German city of Hamburg it has emerged

Police said the man entered the supermarket and removed a kitchen knife, measuring around 20 cm (8 in) long, from the shelves. A 35-year-old man was also injured while overpowering the suspect.

The attacker was a rejected asylum seeker, who earlier on Friday had inquired at a city office for foreigners about whether deportation papers had arrived.

Plainclothes officers captured the man, who was slightly injured.

The attacker then stabbed other people, wounding a woman and four men as he left the store.

On Sept 17, 2015, an Iraqi man who spent time in jail for membership in an Islamist terrorist group is shot dead by German police after he stabs and seriously wounds a policewoman. However, they did say in a tweet that there was only one perpetrator in the crime.

There are reports that he is known Islamist and shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest" in Arabic) as he fled.

On July 18, 2016, a 17-year-old asylum seeker, wielding an axe and a knife, attacks passengers on a Bavarian train. Nothing was found, police said.

After initial reports of the suspect being a robber, police later said that a possible robbery motive had not yet been confirmed. The attacker's motive so far has been unclear.

"I am furious that the offender is apparently someone who has claimed protection with us in Germany and then directed his hate against us", Scholz said.

Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said the attacker was "a foreigner who was supposed to leave the country", but could not be deported because he did not have the necessary identification papers.

He won't talk because of a head injury sustained during the attack, Froehlich said, adding that the case will go to the federal prosecutor. The Berlin incident was the last - and most deadly - in a series of assaults involving refugees that shook Germany past year in the wake of an influx of 1 million asylum seekers into the country in 2015.

But "people were running after him with improvised weapons, chairs and sticks. they ran after him into a side street", a witness Ralf W told Bild newspaper.

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