On Friday, one person was killed and six injured in a knife attack at a German supermarket. A 26-year-old refugee from the United Arab Emirates started stabbing people at random, killing one 50-year-old man and heavily injuring others. After the crime, the Emirati national tried to flee, but witnesses followed and tracked him while contacting the police. Law enforcement officers were able to arrest the attacker near the crime scene. One 35-year-old witness who helped arrest the man was injured.
The Emirati stabber was reportedly a lone wolf, but witnesses claimed he yelled "Allahu Akbar" at the time of the attack. The offender was subject to immediate deportation, but could not be deported due to lack of identifying documentation. Refugees who throw away their passports and other papers at the border so they are harder to deport are an urgent problem. The Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, commented that obstructions like these, which prevent or delay deportation efforts when necessary, are unacceptable.
Law enforcement officials are now investigating the attacker and the circumstances of the crime. The investigation is a cooperation between the homicide division and German Homeland Security. Police forces also created an online tips submission page for witnesses to upload any recordings they might have of the crime. Connections to organized terror are yet to be confirmed.