Germany has been hit by Islamic terror once again, as a man with a machete screaming “Allahu Akbar” attacked shoppers at a grocery store in Hamburg. Once person is dead, and at least four others have been wounded. Multiple media sources say the attacker is from Afghanistan and is a known jihadist to authorities.
The attack happened a short time ago, and the suspect was taken into custody after onlookers tackled him to the ground. However, that was not before he stabbed and slashed five people, one of whom has died. The deceased has not yet been identified.
The German newspaper Gild took several photos of the attacker handcuffed in the back of a police car with a bloody white bag over his head. It appears he may have been injured during the scuffle to detain him. Gild also obtained the photo above, showing the suspect on the ground.
The attacker is reported to have screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ before running into the Edeka shop where he stabbed one person and slashed at four others while trying to flee.
He was pursued by passers-by who wrestled him to the ground and called the police, who later arrested him.
One officer said there was ‘no valid information on the motive of the attacker’ who has yet to be identified.
German daily Bild published a photo of the attacker in the back of a police car with a white, blood-soaked bag over his head.
There was no information immediately available about the dead person but police disclosed one of the four injured was in a serious condition.
Germany has been on high alert about the threat of a jihadist attack, especially since last December’s truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the carnage in which a Tunisian rejected asylum seeker and ex-convict, Anis Amri, 24, ploughed the stolen truck through a crowd.
It was Germany’s deadliest attack by an Islamist militant, but not the first.