July 31, 2017 German prosecutors said on Monday that the suspect in last week’s knife attack inside a supermarket had a “radical Islamist” motive.
The knife attack that left one dead and six others injured took place at a supermarket in the Barmbek district, which is located in northeastern Hamburg. Witnesses told AFP the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he tried to flee the scene. The assailant was chased by witnesses and even some of the victims who managed to tackle him until police arrived. The suspect, identified only as Ahmad A. is in police custody on suspicion of murder and five counts of attempted murder.
German authorities say the suspect in Friday’s stabbing spree at a Hamburg supermarket is a 26-year-old Palestinian man who was born in the United Arab Emirates. The kitchen knife used in the attack was taken from a store shelf.
In a statement, Hamburg Interior Minister Andy Grote described the suspect as “an Islamist and was recorded as such in the appropriate systems, not as a jihadist but as an Islamist.”
German prosecutors said the attacker “self- radicalized” after toying with the extremist ideology for some time. Two days before the attack, the suspect “finally decided to adopt a corresponding lifestyle.” In a statement on Monday, prosecutors said:
“On the day of the act, he resolved to commit an attack with the hope that he would die as a martyr.”
German investigators say there is no evidence linking the suspect to any terrorist organization at this time. However, in October, 2016, ISIS urged sympathizers to carry out knife attacks in public places in the group’s propaganda magazine, Rumiyah.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."