The police cordoned the area around the supermarket. An ambulance helicopter also arrived on scene. A kitchen knife was used in the stabbing. He was arrested as he tried to flee. He wounded the other passers-by on the street after he ran out of the supermarket, before he was detained by the police. Officers believe the suspect was acting alone.
Scene of the Hamburg attack
A woman witness told the man had shouted “Allahu akbar” during the attack but this was unconfirmed. The police said they did not yet know the reason behind the attack. The homicide squad had taken over the investigation and would be looking into all possible motives. Shortly after the attack, they also tweeted that streets would be closed off and asked people to steer clear of the area. A possible robbery motive had not been confirmed. In early July, other areas of Hamburg had been the sight of violent protests during the G20 summit of world political leaders. Hamburg is a tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors, ranked 18th in the world in 2016.