One Dead, Five Wounded in Stabbing in German Supermarket

Earlier on May 21, at least 6 people were injured after a man attacked people with a knife and a bat at a park in Japan's Chiba prefecture, the police said.

Shell shocked women and children peeked out of rooms lining the first floor of block 4D, as neighbours of the 26-year-old suspect recounted his sudden transformation from a helpful man to a religious fanatic.

- Who was the attacker?

Another 35-year-old man was hurt while overpowering the attacker in the street alongside other passers-by shortly after the killing.


But Friday's attack is sure to draw parallels to the December 19 truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market carried out by Anis Amri that killed 12 and wounded dozens. The man was then arrested by plainclothes police officers.

Police identified the attacker as a 26-year-old man, born in the United Arab Emirates.

Hamburg police said the man was acting alone.

A friend had tipped authorities off to changes in the man, telling them he stopped drinking alcohol and started talking about the Koran, Torsten Voss, head of the Hamburg branch of the domestic intelligence agency, said. His nationality is still being clarified, police said in a statement. With no deadly attacks involving asylum seekers this year until Friday's Hamburg knifing, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union has rebounded in the polls and won three straight state votes. They said initial reports about a possible robbery had not been substantiated.


The motive for the incident was not immediately clear.

"These criminals want to poison our free society with fear, but they will not succeed", said Scholz.

Security has been a campaign issue ahead of September 24 parliamentary elections, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to win a fourth term in office.

Bild newspaper reported late on Friday that armed police forces had searched the migrant housing center where the attacker had lived.


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.


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