He shouted “Allahu Akbar!”: Police shoot knife man


Hamburg – Was it the act of a mentally ill person or a terrorist attack?

Major alarm with a fatal outcome on the corner of Hebebrandstrasse and Sengelmannstrasse: a man keeps walking down the road with a knife, threatening drivers.

He damages vehicles with his gun, shouts “Allahu Akbar” several times! Then he goes off on alerted police officers.

The mission begins shortly before 4 p.m. First the police try to stop the knife man with pepper spray. But the attacker continues.

The police and fire brigade were quickly at the scene

Photo: THOMAS RÖTHEMEIER

By chance, SEK officers are nearby, they use a taser. But the electric shock doesn’t stop the man either. He continues to approach the police officers, threatening them with the knife.

A patrolman shoots. The knife man collapses bleeding on the sidewalk. An emergency doctor and a paramedic take care of him. But despite resuscitation, he dies on site.

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An emergency doctor tried to save the man’s life. Gloves and bandages are still lying at the blood-smeared crime scene

Photo: THOMAS RÖTHEMEIER

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The suspected stabbing weapon of the perpetrator is on the edge of the road

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The homicide squad and the state security have taken over the investigation. The motif has not yet been determined. Police spokeswoman Sandra Levgrün: “We also have to consider religious motivation.”

The identity of the attacker is also still unclear.

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