Man shot dead by German police after knife attack

2015-09-17 19:39


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Berlin - Police shot a man dead on the streets of Berlin on Thursday after he attacked a female officer with a knife, a spokesperson said.

The police officer was airlifted to a nearby hospital for her injuries. The spokesperson could not confirm whether she had been stabbed.

Passersby alerted emergency services on Thursday morning after the 41-year-old Iraqi, who according to the state prosecutor had ties to the Islamist scene in Germany, was spotted in the west of the German capital threatening members of the public with a knife.

The man then attacked the two police officers who arrived on the scene after they stepped out of their vehicle.

Chief Prosecutor Dirk Feuerberg said the assailant was handed a custodial sentence by Stuttgart's high court in 2008 for being a member of a terrorist organisation.

He was issued with an electronic tag on finishing his sentence, which he removed on the morning of the attack, Feuerberg said.

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