A failed asylum seeker is suspected of killing one and stabbed six others at a supermarket in July ‘wanted to kill Christians and young people’ and ‘his only regret is that he didn’t kill more‘.
Ahmad A, 26, came to Germany from Palestine but was ordered to leave the country, before seemingly going on a stabbing spree in Hamburg while shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
In his 22-page indictment, in which he is charged with one count of murder and 6 counts of attempted murder, prosecutors say his goal was to kill as many German Christians as possible.
Investigators say he had no direct connection with ISIS and that the group simply “exploited his actions for propaganda purposes.”
Ahmad was born in Saudi Arabia and lived there for the first few years of his life before moving to the Gaza strip, where he is known to have attended a Salafist mosque.
In 2009, he travelled to Norway, Sweden and Spain before eventually ending up in Germany in 2015.
Investigators believe he became radicalised after watching ISIS execution videos online. He also gave a speech in a refugee cafe, claiming that Muslims around the world were being oppressed by the unbelievers.
On the day of the attack, he read articles on the Al-Jazeera website about the trouble at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, visited the immigration office and later a mosque, before entering the Edeka supermarket and attacking shoppers with a large knife.
If found guilty, he faces life imprisonment. His trial looks set to begin in January.