TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The 26-year-old man, identified as Ahmad A., attacked customers at random at a German chain store before he was overpowered by passersby on Friday.
Born to Palestinian parents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he had been known to intelligence agencies as a radicalized individual but was not believed to pose an immediate threat, said Hamburg Interior Minister Andy Grote.
Grote told a news conference that the attacker had been registered in intelligence systems as a radical but not a violent one as there was no evidence to link him to an imminent attack.
The attack has now been interpreted as the result of a security lapse.
The Hamburg interior minister said Ahmad had had “psychological” issues as well.
The attack happened in the Barmbek region in the north of the city in a branch of Edeka, Germany’s largest supermarket chain. Ahmad entered the supermarket and took a kitchen knife, measuring around 20 cm in length, from the shelf for his attack.
“He ripped off the packaging and then suddenly brutally attacked the 50-year-old man who later died,” police spokeswoman Kathrin Hennings said.
A 50-year-old woman and five men aged between 19 and 64 were injured in the attack.
There have been several attacks by rejected asylum seekers in recent months.
A Tunisian man drove a truck into a busy Christmas market in the heart of Berlin in December 2016, killing 14 people. In July 2016, a teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and a knife injured four people on a train in the southern German city of Wuerzburg before being shot dead by police.
Security has been high in Germany in the wake of the spate of attacks.