29 Jul '17, 7am

Hamburg knife attack stokes refugee debate as German election nears

Hamburg knife attack stokes refugee debate as German election nears

A volatile asylum debate looked set to reopen in Germany Saturday weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, after a failed asylum seeker killed one person and wounded five with a knife in the northern city of Hamburg. Police are expected to offer further details about the incident at a midday (1000 GMT) press conference. The 26-year-old born in the United Arab Emirates shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") as he fled the scene of the crime in a neighbourhood supermarket before being overpowered by passers-by, witnesses recounted. The attack had been motivated by "hate," mayor Olaf Scholz said, although he stopped short of declaring it a terrorist incident. "These criminals want to poison our free society with fear, but they will not succeed," he added. If confirmed as an Islamist attack, it would be the first in Germany since Tunisian Anis Amri drove a truck into crowds...

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