Hamburg knife attacker was born in the UAE: German police

Police investigators work at the area around a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg, where a man killed one person and wounded several others in a knife attack, on Friday. (AFP / dpa / Markus Scholz)
Updated 29 July 2017
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Hamburg knife attacker was born in the UAE: German police

HAMBURG: The attacker who killed one person and injured four others in a Hamburg supermarket Friday is a 26-year-old man born in the United Arab Emirates, police said in a statement.
Police added that they have yet to determine the nationality of the perpetrator, who stabbed a 50-year-old man to death and wounded six others.
As a knife-wielding man sought to flee after killing one and injuring several at the supermarket, several passers-by gave chase and tackled him to the ground, said witnesses of the chaotic scenes Friday.
“People ran after the attacker and threw chairs at him,” 18-year-old Shaylin Roettmer told the national news agency DPA.
Police also confirmed that they were alerted to the attack by witnesses, who had given chase and overpowered the as-yet unidentified suspect.
Plainclothes officers were able to capture the man, who was lightly injured.
The man had struck on Friday afternoon at a popular supermarket on a busy high street in the northeast of Hamburg, Germany’s second city and host of early July’s G20 summit of world leaders.
He stormed into the supermarket with a “huge knife,” an unnamed woman told rolling news channel NTV, gesturing to show that the weapon was about 50 centimeters (20 inches) long.
“I thought I was in a horror movie, I thought he would kill me,” she said.
She said she feared she would die, as she was “queueing for the till and couldn’t get away.”
“As he was running out... he held up his arms and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’,” she added.
On the run, the suspect struck a young girl on the street, another witness told NTV.
Hamburg resident Remo Pollio, meanwhile, told DPA that as the man was running away, “he held up the knife and shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, he did that twice.”
Ralph Woyna corroborated Pollio’s account.
A police spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm the “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) accounts.
Meanwhile, police helicopters were rattling overhead as officers blocked off the high street.
Officers armed with automatic rifles were also patrolling the streets.
“It was really shocking,” said Omar, who runs a newspaper stand.


UK’s Hunt to make first visit to Iran

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt leaves 10 Downing Street in London on November 14, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2018
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UK’s Hunt to make first visit to Iran

  • Jeremy Hunt: “The Iran nuclear deal remains a vital component of stability in the Middle East by eliminating the threat of a nuclearised Iran. It needs 100 percent compliance though to survive”

LONDON: British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Iran for the first time on Monday for talks with the Iranian government on issues including the future of the 2015 nuclear deal, his office said in a statement.
In May, US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal, negotiated with five other world powers during Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration, and earlier this month the United States restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil, banking and transportation sectors.
Hunt’s office said he would meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and would stress that the UK is committed to the nuclear deal as long as Iran sticks to its terms. He will also discuss European efforts to maintain nuclear-related sanctions relief.
“The Iran nuclear deal remains a vital component of stability in the Middle East by eliminating the threat of a nuclearised Iran. It needs 100 percent compliance though to survive,” Hunt said in a statement ahead of the visit.
“We will stick to our side of the bargain as long as Iran does. But we also need to see an end to destabilising activity by Iran in the rest of the region if we are going to tackle the root causes of the challenges the region faces.”
Hunt will also discuss Iran’s role in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, his office said, and press Iran on its human rights record, calling for the immediate release of detained British-Iranian dual nationals where there are humanitarian grounds to do so.
“I arrive in Iran with a clear message for the country’s leaders: putting innocent people in prison cannot and must not be used as a tool of diplomatic leverage,” he said.