2017 Hamburg knife attack

The 2017 Hamburg knife attack was a stabbing incident that occurred on 28 July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

2017 Hamburg knife attack
Part of Islamic terrorism in Europe
Messerattacke in Hamburg (1).jpg
Ambulances at the scene after the attack
LocationHamburg, Germany
Coordinates53°35′39.9″N 10°02′38.7″E / 53.594417°N 10.044083°E / 53.594417; 10.044083Coordinates: 53°35′39.9″N 10°02′38.7″E / 53.594417°N 10.044083°E / 53.594417; 10.044083
Date28 July 2017 (2017-07-28)
15:10 (CEST)
Attack type
WeaponsKitchen knife
AssailantsPalestinian National Authority Ahmad Alhaw
MotiveIslamic extremism[2][3]


At 3pm on 28 July 2017, Ahmad Alhaw, a Palestinian failed asylum seeker, went to an Edeka supermarket in Fuhlsbüttler Strasse in the Barmbek area of Hamburg.[4][5] He took a 20 cm-long kitchen knife from the supermarket shelf and used it to attack several people, killing a 50-year-old German man.[6][7][8] Deutsche Welle reported 6 injured in addition to the killing.[9][7] According to eyewitnesses the man shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack. Prosecutors said that he had hoped to die as a martyr.[10][11][12]


Der Spiegel reported the suspect, who was arrested at the scene, as a refugee named Ahmad A., who allegedly had contacts with the Salafist sect, as well as having psychological and drug problems.[13] He is a 26-year-old Palestinian born in the United Arab Emirates[14] who arrived in Germany in 2015.[15] Hamburg's Interior Minister Andy Grote stated that the suspect "was known as an Islamist but not a jihadist".[16]

Citing security sources, Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported that the perpetrator was a failed asylum seeker who was known to German police;[12] he had been added to the list of 800 suspected Islamists in Hamburg prior to the attack.[17] The news agency DPA reported that security authorities were investigating evidence the man had Salafist ties.[12] He was awaiting deportation,[5] but had not been deported because he did not have "identification and travel documents".[18] While German prosecutors claim that the attacker had a "radical Islamist" motive, investigators have not found any links to jihadist groups.[19] Alhaw also had watched ISIS propaganda videos online which radicalized him over a period of time.[3]


  1. ^ a b "1 dead, 6 injured after knife attack at supermarket". abcnews.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Hamburg knife attack: Federal prosecutors lead probe, say suspect had 'radical Islamist' motive | News | DW | 31.07.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Hamburg knife attacker gets life in prison". thenews.com.pk. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  4. ^ Germany, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Hannover, Niedersachsen. "Hamburger Messerstecher wollte Attentat mit Lkw begehen". Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  5. ^ a b Astonishing moment heroic passersby confront Hamburg knifeman on terror rampage
  6. ^ "Hamburg supermarket attacker 'was known Islamist'". bbc.co.uk. 2017-07-29. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  7. ^ a b "Ich habe gedacht: Jetzt sticht er mich ab". Bild (in German). Retrieved 28 July 2017. The perpetrator shouted "Allahu Akbar" according to several eyewitnesses.
  8. ^ O'Brien, Zoie (28 July 2017). "Hamburg terror - 1 dead & several injured as knifeman goes on supermarket rampage".
  9. ^ "Deadly knife attack in Hamburg supermarket - News - DW - 28.07.2017". DW.COM.
  10. ^ "Prosecutors: Hamburg attacker hoped to die as 'martyr'". ABC News. Associated Press. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017. They said "on the day of the act itself, he consequently decided to commit an attack, linked with the hope of dying as a martyr."
  11. ^ Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt (1 August 2017). "Federal authority missed deportation deadline for assassin". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 2 August 2017. The 26-year-old has said that he had hoped to die during the knife attack as a martyr.
  12. ^ a b c "Hamburg attack was by 'failed asylum seeker' who shouted 'Allahu Akbar'". The Telegraph. 28 July 2017.
  13. ^ Von Jörg Diehl; Steffen Lüdke; und Steffen Vogel. "Knife attack in Hamburg - Deadly attack in shopping district". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 28 July 2017. Per SPIEGEL's investigation, the attacker is 26-year-old Ahmad A., who was born in the United Arab Emirates and came to Germany as a refugee.
  14. ^ Juliette Mickiewicz. "Allemagne : un mort et six blessés dans une attaque au couteau à Hambourg". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 28 July 2017. L'auteur de l'agression est un homme de 26 ans né aux Émirats arabes unis
  15. ^ "Knife attack: arrest warrant for 26-year-old". Norddeutscher Rundfunk - NDR (in German). Retrieved 2 August 2017. The detainee was a 26-year-old Palestinian who was born in the United Arab Emirates and came to Germany in 2015 as a refugee.
  16. ^ "Hamburg supermarket attacker 'was known Islamist'". BBC. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  17. ^ Anton Troianovski (30 July 2017). "Hamburg Stabbing Suspect Is Known Islamist, German Authorities Say". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 17 September 2017. Both a friend and the head of the asylum-seeker shelter in which the suspect lived had reported as early as last August that the man seemed to be adopting more radical religious views, officials said. Authorities added him to a list of some 800 suspected Islamists in Hamburg
  18. ^ Eddy, Melissa (2017-07-28). "One Dead in Knife Attack at German Supermarket". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  19. ^ "Hamburg knife attacker had 'radical Islamist' motive: prosecutor". www.thelocal.de. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2017.