Prosecutor says Hamburg Suspect wanted to kill Christians

684

German prosecutors said Friday they have blame on murder charges a Palestinian guy who deadly stabbed one person and injured six others at a Hamburg supermarket in July.

The suspect wanted to kill as many Germans of Christian faith as possible to take revenge what he thought to be injustices against Muslims internationally, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

He considered his actions a “contribution to a worldwide jihad,” they added. 26-year-old suspect, a discarded asylum-seeker known only as Ahmad A. due to German privacy rules, was charged with one murder, six counts of attempted murder and six counts of serious physical damage.

Prosecutors said investigators had originate no convincing evidence that Ahmad A, who was born in the UAE and moved in Germany in 2015, was mixed up with or had the support of any terrorist group, such as the so-called Islamic State group. They also found no proof that anyone else was concerned in the attack.

The suspect carried out the assault on July 28 with a kitchen knife he grasps from a supermarket shelf. He was then overwhelmed by passers-by and detained.

Ahmad A. had been cooperating with authorities in efforts to secure new Palestinian identity papers so that he could be deported.

Officials in Hamburg have said that he was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but not as a “jihadist.” They also considered him psychologically unstable but didn’t conclude that he posed any immediate danger.

Federal prosecutors said he decided on the day of the assault to kill Christian Germans haphazardly, and that he cited tensions at the time over a contested Jerusalem holy site as his immediate motivation.