Police cordon off the area around a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg, where a man killed one person and wounded several others in a knife attack. Photograph: (AFP)
A man killed one person and wounded several others in a knife attack at a supermarket in the German city of Hamburg
A man killed one person and wounded six others in a knife attack at a supermarket in the German city of Hamburg on Friday before being detained by police, AFP reported.
"There is no valid information yet on the motive or the number of people injured by the man, who entered a supermarket and suddenly began attacking customers", said police, adding that one victim died from his severe wounds.
Mayor Olaf Scholz said the attack had been motivated by "hate".
"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," AFP quoted him as saying.
Police said that the man was a 26-year-old born in the United Arab Emirates, but were unable to immediately confirm his nationality or identify the motive behind the violence.
German daily Bild published a picture of the attacker in the back of a police car with a white, blood-soaked bag over his head, and reported that he cried "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) in the supermarket. This account was not immediately confirmed by police.
The suspect fled the supermarket after the attack but witnesses gave chase and alerted the police.
"It was definitely a sole attacker. The first reports about a possible motive of a robbery have not been confirmed," Hamburg police tweeted.
Anti-terror police have also been deployed on the scene, according to Bild.