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German court convicts man of deadly anti-Christian stabbing spree

Ahmad Alhaw has been jailed for life for murder and attempted murder, which he said was his contribution to ‘worldwide jihad’.

A 27-year-old Palestinian man has been convicted of murder and attempted murder for killing one person and wounding six others in a stabbing spree at a Hamburg supermarket last summer.

Ahmad Alhaw was given a life term for the attack in Hamburg last July which he said was his “contribution to a worldwide jihad”, the dpa news agency reported.

The rejected asylum-seeker, who was born in the United Arab Emirates and arrived in Germany in 2015, was not found to have any links to extremist groups such as Islamic State.

Alhaw, who confessed to the crimes during his trial, told authorities that he decided on the day of the attack to kill Christian Germans indiscriminately, citing tensions at the time over a contested Jerusalem holy site as his motivation.

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