A MAN has gone on a stabbing rampage at a supermarket in northern Germany, killing at least one person and wounding several others.
The man, reported to be a 26-year-old migrant who was supposed to be deported from the country, allegedly stormed the supermarket in the Hamburg district of Barmbek on Friday and started stabbing shoppers at random.
Police said a 50-year-old man was killed and six others ranging in age from 19 to 64 were injured in the attack.
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The attacker reportedly attempted to flee the scene but was quickly overpowered by bystanders who hurled chairs and other improvised weapons including metal poles at him as he tried running away.
Injured, the suspect was eventually detained by the crowd who managed to hold him down until police arrived.
Passersby filmed the moment witnesses chased the attacker down the street.
According to the UK’s Telegraph, the mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz said the attack was motivated by “hate” and perpetrated by a failed asylum seeker whose deportation had been blocked because he lacked identity papers.
“I am outraged by the vicious attack that killed at least one Hamburger today,” the mayor said.”
“It makes me especially angry that the perpetrator appears to be a person who claimed protection in Germany and then turned his hate against us.”
Police are investigating witness reports claiming the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the bloodied attack.
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Five German citizens, a 50-year-old woman and four men aged between 19 and 64, were stabbed while a sixth person, believed to be a 35-year-old Turkish man, was injured while trying to stop the attacker, police said.
All six victims are in hospital receiving treatment for their injuries.