Germany: Islamist supermarket killer gets life in prison

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Germany: Islamist supermarket killer gets life in prison

Hamburg Higher Regional Court sentenced 26-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Alhaw to life in prison on Thursday on charges of carrynig out a deadly knife attack in an Edeka supermarket.

Last month, the defendant was charged with murder and six counts of attempted murder as well as grievous bodily harm, to which he pleaded guilty.

Alhaw’s motives are not yet clear to the investigators. According to Hamburg’s Interior Senator Andy Grote, Islamist motives and ‘mental liability’ might have been at play. During the investigation, no evidence of accomplices or association with the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) was found.

Last July, the suspect took a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) knife from the supermarket’s shelves before carrying out the attack. The stab wounds claimed the life of a 50-year-old German man dead and left five others injured.

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