Hamburg State Interior Minister Andy Grote said that the knife attacker who fatally stabbed one person and wounded several others in Germany’s largest port city on Friday, was actually known to authorities as an Islamist.
Grote told a press conference on Saturday that the man, whose asylum claim had been rejected, was known to have been radicalized.
For some reason, he had not been considered dangerous.
The 26-year-old suspect, born in the United Arab Emirates, was “mentally unstable,” the minister said.
He had come to Germany as a refugee, but his asylum application was rejected and he should have been deported in the following days, as soon as his papers arrived, Tagesspiegel reported.
Hamburg Police Chief Ralf Martin Meyer said initial findings showed the attacker had acted alone, adding that it…
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