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One dead, six injured after knife attack at Hamburg supermarket

A man armed with a kitchen knife fatally stabbed one person and wounded six others at a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg police said.

The attacker, who was overpowered and arrested, entered the supermarket in the Barmbek district on Friday afternoon and stabbed one man, who died at the scene. Police said the victim is believed to be a 50-year-old German.

After the man fled and wounded five others with the knife - a woman and four men - he was overwhelmed by passers-by and slightly injured in the process, police said.

Officers then arrested him. A sixth man was injured while overpowering the attacker.

The wounded people, some seriously hurt, were taken to hospitals, authorities said.

The suspect is a 26-year-old who was born in the United Arab Emirates, police said on Friday evening. They said they are still working to establish his nationality.

There was no immediate word on his possible motive and police said that they are "still investigating in every direction". There was no indication there was more than one attacker.

News agency dpa quoted two witnesses at a nearby bakery as saying they heard the assailant shout "Allahu akbar!" as he held up the knife, but police did not confirm the report.

"Allahu akbar" means "God is great" in Arabic and has been used by Islamic extremists when carrying out violent acts.

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