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.


China: US has ‘no right’ to interfere in Russia military cooperation

Updated 24 min 28 sec ago
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China: US has ‘no right’ to interfere in Russia military cooperation

  • The US would face “consequences” if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions
  • The US State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department

SHANGHAI/BEIJING: China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia is a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries and the United States has “no right to interfere,” defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Saturday.
On Thursday, the US State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EED), the branch of the military responsible for weapons procurement, after it engaged in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter.
The sanctions are related to China’s purchase of 10 SU-35 combat aircraft in 2017 and S-400 surface-to-air missile system-related equipment in 2018, the State Department said.
The sanctions will block the EED and its director, Li Shangfu, from applying for export licenses and participating in the US financial system.
“The US approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries,” Wu said in a notice posted on the Chinese defense ministry’s official Wechat account.
He warned that the United States would face “consequences” if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions.