Police in Hamburg, Germany, said they arrested a suspect after an attack at a supermarket in the northeastern district of Barmbek.
The 26-year-old man is from the United Arab Emirates and applied for asylum in Germany. He had been refused by the authorities and was awaiting his expulsion from the country.
The authorities confirmed that at least one person died and six others were injured by the assailant. He was allegedly also injured when he was arrested by police while trying to escape.
The allegations that the assailant shouted “Allahu akbar!” during the attack have not been confirmed by the German police, which claims to have no certainty at the moment about the motivations of the individual.
“We do not yet have reliable information on the motive. The aggressor entered a supermarket and suddenly started attacking customers,” a police official said.
For his part, the mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, condemned the crime committed by someone who had “diverted his hatred” against the country that welcomed him.