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Police in Hamburg have confirmed the arrest of a man on suspicion of killing at least one person and injuring four others in a supermarket in the city on Friday, July 28th, 2017.

Die Welt reports that the man entered the shop in the Barmbek district shortly after 3pm and attacked people at random with a knife, killing one and injuring four others. He then fled the scene, but witnesses gave chase and overpowered the man, who was slightly injured. He was arrested shortly afterwards.

“After the attack he fled from the shop. Eye witnesses followed him out and were able to inform the police. Shortly afterwards officers arrested the suspect on the street in the vicinity of the shop,” a police spokesperson told Die Welt.

Police report that one of the four injured people was hurt seriously.

German daily Bild published a picture of the attacker in the back of a police car with a white, blood-soaked bag over his head, and reported that he cried "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) in the supermarket. The suspect has not yet been identified.

This account was not immediately confirmed by police.

"It was definitely a sole attacker. The first reports about a possible motive of a robbery have not been confirmed," Hamburg police tweeted.

One man, captured in the video below, told German media that he saw the man holding a knife and heard him shout "Allahu Akbar"

Police have blocked off the area, in the northeast of the port city, Germany's second largest and host of the G20 summit of world leaders in early July.

Anti-terror police have also been deployed to the scene, according to Bild.

High alert

Germany has been on high alert about the threat of a jihadist attack, especially since last December's truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 lives.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the carnage in which a Tunisian rejected asylum seeker and ex-convict, Anis Amri, 24, ploughed the stolen truck through a crowd.

It was Germany's deadliest attack by Islamic militants, but not the first.

In 2016, the Isis terror group also claimed a bomb attack in the southern city of Ansbach which wounded 15 people and killed the Syrian attacker, and an Afghan man's axe rampage on a train in Bavaria that wounded five, before the perpetrator was shot dead by police.

In both of these cases, the attackers had been asylum seekers. But prosecutors think they were radicalised in Germany and not deployed from abroad to commit the attacks, like the jihadists behind the November 2015 Paris attacks were.


The case is becoming more and more bizarre: An unknown killer kidnapped a West African prostitute who worked in Hamburg, dismembered the corpse and distributed the parts all over the city.

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Body parts of the lady appeared in the last few days in Hamburg waters. On Sunday, August 13th, 2017, divers discovered what supposedly is more pieces of the Lady from Equitorial Guinea but now it turns out these are not parts of the body.

A Police spokesman said "On Sunday afternoon, the police divers had allegedly again found corpses, which apparently came from the missing 48-year-old prostitute "Lucy".

Then In the evening the report from the medical team stated that the parts were not from the corpses of Lucy, according to a spokesman. The origin of the pieces have not been clarified. It is possible that they are "parts of an animal".

The investigation is still on going and the search for both the killer and the rest of Lucy's body parts are in progress.

Alex Osei, A Ghanaian who also goes by the name of Ofori has reportedly been stabbed to death.  The dead body was discovered on Saturday, the 12th of August 2017 in Hamm, a subdivision in Hamburg, Germany

Police assume the death may have occured on Wednesday, 9th of August 2017 because his friends claim that they last saw him on Tuesday, 8th of August 2017.

Most of Oforis’ friends are members of the Hamburg Men’s Club. When they couldn’t reach him, they decided to go to his apartment.

Yaw Barimah, Osei "Yopooh" Bismark , and Bimpah who are all friends of the deceased went to his residence. They rang the door bell and got no response. So they decided to call on a Francis, who had info as to where they could get the keys.

They eventually got the keys from a Moses and proceeded to enter.  Upon entrance, they noticed he has been covered with clothes and had a knife stucked in his back. They quickly called Mr Teddy, one of the community leaders who told them to call the police.

The body is currently with the Eppendorf hospital for further examination, then after the state prosecutors will instruct the body to be released for burial. Teddy and the Ghana Union leadership are working closely for his release.

The late Mr. Osei has 3 children who live in The Great Britain with the ex-wife (Doris). He resided together with his family in Hamburg before moving with them to England where he lived for a while.  He later returned to Hamburg alone.

His roommate who was arrested has subsequently been released. Though there are several theories and speculations as to the cause of Ofori’s death. The police are yet to come out with the main reason.

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The Hamburg police are looking for a Neo-Nazi man who pointed a gun at a 51-year-old Ivory Coast Man and insulted him as a "Nigger" inside a Hvv Bus.

On June 21th, 2017, the Ivorian was on his telephone in the bus line 8, Pfeilshofer Weg (Wellingsbüttel), when thereupon the bald-headed perpetrator brawled him and pulled the pistol. He stared at the horrified passenger and pointed the gun at his head. The threatened man remained quiet. Finally, the gunman left the bus and escaped.

The state guard has since taken over and published a photo of the surveillance camera. Witnesses on the bus gave hints about the 26-year-old Hamburger. A warrant of arrest for him has already been filed against him. According to MOPO.de information, the man is said to come from right-radical circles.

Nigerian Asylum Seeker Who Stabbed Ex Girlfriend To Death in Germany, May Get Life in Prison!
A German Court has heard how a Nigerian asylum seeker in Germany, butchered his beautiful refugee helper known as the ‘Angel of Ahaus’. He killed her after she broke off their relationship.

Prosecutors in Muenster said that Anthony I, (28), from Nigeria killed student, Soopika Paramanathan, 22, Sri Lankan, out of jealousy. Anthony bought a large suitcase in which he intended to stuff her body and dump it into a lake after he stabbed her repeatedly on the street.

The accused refused to speak at the first day of his trial yesterday where judges heard how he came to Germany in 2015 claiming to be a homosexual who had fought against the Boko Haram terror group in his homeland.

Both claims were false. In the town of Ahaus, he met Soopika, who spent all her spare time helping out refugees like him at a local asylum seekers’ home. They met in August of 2016 and became lovers.

But Soopika ended the relationship after just a few weeks – a rejection that Anthony was unable to handle. ‘He could not bear the thought of her going with another man,’ said the prosecution. 
He lay in wait for her in February this year after she visited a friend’s house in Ahaus. With a long bladed knife he leapt upon her, stabbing her repeatedly in the head, neck and breasts.

Police chief, Herbert Mengelkamp, quickly focused in on Anthony, whose asylum application was in the process of being rejected by authorities. Father of the victim, Sivasamboo, 53, said; ‘She felt threatened by him and was fearful in the days before the attack.’

He tried to stuff her body into the blue suitcase at the crime scene but fled when passersby saw him. He fled to Switzerland but was caught two days later by police at Basel railway station. He is facing life imprisonment when an expected guilty verdict is handed down on September 20.


Just one German city made it to the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report. The city scored a perfect score for its health care and its infrastructure. Alistair Walsh (with dpa, Reuters) reports.

Hamburg is Germany’s most liveable city, according to an annual list published by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday.

For the second year running Hamburg came in 10th place on the Global Liveability Report, that ranks 140 world cities on various factors, including health, culture and environment, education, infrastructure, and stability.

Hamburg earned a perfect score of 100 for both its health care and infrastructure, and earned 94 points for its culture and environment, 92 points for education, and 90 points for stability. It earned a total score of 95.

The Hanseatic city was the only German city to make the top 10, with Frankfurt coming 21st, closely followed by Berlin at 23 and Munich at 24, with Düsseldorf managing joint-32nd place.

Hamburg the most stable German city

According to detailed breakdowns seen by Deutsche Welle, Hamburg was dragged down most by its stability indicators, but it was still deemed the most stable city in Germany.

Researchers said the prevalence of petty crime and violent crime in Hamburg were both “tolerable” – one rank beneath the top rating of “acceptable.”

It was marked down for its humidity and temperature, as well as for the discomfort that its climate caused to travellers.

Its private education institutions scored top marks, but the city was marked down for its public education indicators.

In everything else it scored perfectly, including transport, utilities, recreation and healthcare.

Next best city Frankfurt was marked down heavily for its stability rating. The prevalence of petty crime and violent crime were “tolerable,” like in Hamburg. But it was also marked down for the threats of civil unrest and terrorism.

Similar to Hamburg, it had points taken off for its humidity and temperature, but not for its climate-caused discomfort to travellers. Education was ranked the same as Hamburg.

Berlin, ranked 23, had the same points knocked off for stability and climate as Frankfurt, but it was also marked down for its quality of regional and international transport links.

In Munich, ranked 24, the stability ranking was similar, but the threat of civil unrest was deemed less likely. As in the other German cities, the public education was given a less-than-perfect score.

Munich also had points taken off for its quality of road transport, its quality of international and regional transport links, and for the availability of good quality housing.

Second year running

Hamburg first cracked the top 10 list in 2016 after some world cities slipped in stability rankings for terror attacks within their city borders. Hamburg itself was besieged with violence this year as the host of the G20 summit.

The Australian city of Melbourne came on top for the seventh year running with a score of 97.5. Australia had two other cities on the top 10 with Adelaide tied for fifth and Perth at number seven.

The Premier of Victoria, the Australian state in which Melbourne lies, told Fairfax Media the ranking was a “win for all Victorians, who contribute so much to making Melbourne the best place to live in the world.”

Austria’s capital Vienna came in second. Canada took third, fourth and equal-fifth with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary respectively.

New Zealand’s Auckland came in eighth and Finland’s Helsinki came in ninth.

Earlier this year the New York Times ranked Hamburg as one its must-see destinations.

The Syrian city of Damascus came in last, with Nigeria’s Lagos, Libya’s Tripoli, Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby all sharing similarly poor results.

The five cities that improved the most over the past five years were Tehran, Dubai, Abidjan, Harare and Colombo, but they all still remained in the bottom half of the 140.

The report is marketed to major businesses to help decide extra remuneration packages for its overseas executives.

SOURCE: http://www.theafricancourier.de

Which party will have the majority of representatives in the Bundestag (Berlin) later this year? Which party will have the majority of representatives in the Bundestag (Berlin) later this year? Will Martin Schulz win the race to Berlin? Despite the top candidates being in the media spotlight, in Germany elections have always, in one way or another, been about the political parties rather than the individual leaders of the various parties.

With the system being as it is, an independent candidate has little chance of getting into the Bundestag.

The current German voting system is a construct of the post-WWII period, using a diverse method in which voters are allowed to make two choices on the ballot sheet. A party must have a minimum of five percent of the total vote to get into the Bundestag. This is purposely done to ensure stability and to prevent insignificant and fragmented parties with irrelevant issues from entering the Bundestag, as once happened during the Weimar Republic in the 1920s prior to WWII. This year an estimated total of 61.5 million German nationals are entitled to go to the polls and cast their votes. The figures in here are provided by the Federal Statistics Office (Statistische Bundesamt). The office also administers the general election. Any party that seeks to take part must register with the office for approval. Registered parties need to have members across the country with a written statute and a political platform with an explanation of their mission which all adhere to the German constitution and democratic principles.

One sheet two votes to assign mandates
There are 299 constituencies (politische Wahlkreis) with each having approximately 250,000 inhabitants. A Party is allowed to field one candidate in each of the constituencies. Fifty percent of the Bundestag members are elected directly from the 299 constituencies, whilst the other half are from the list of the sixteen federal states in Germany. However, an independent candidate can also choose to run provided that he or she has accumulated a minimum of 200 signatures of eligible voters.

Currently the Bundestag has at least 598 seats. Each voter has two choices. The first choice, known as the Erststimme, is given to a favourite candidate of a particular district (Direktmandate). The second vote (Zweitstimme) is solely a party vote, given to a party listed on the federal level list (Landesliste), and this vote also determines the making up of the Bundestag, i.e. the percentage of seats allocated to each party. Candidates who happen to win the race in their constituency based on the first vote are directly voted into the Bundestag. However, a party which fails to reach the five percent threshold of second votes (Landesliste) but which has managed to win in three constituencies with the first vote (Erststimme), will also send representatives to Berlin. Nonetheless, circumstances may dictate a Parliamentary size increase during the process of allocating seats to Bundestag representatives. These are also known as overhang seats (Überhangmandate).

Putting it into practice
On Sunday September 24th 2017, sixteen parties have registered to compete both at federal and district level in Hamburg. For the Zweitstimme, besides the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU, with Angela Merkel), Social Democratic Party (SPD) with Martin Schulz,  and the Free Democratic Party (FDP, with Christian Lindner), there are a number of parties with similar popularity, such as the Green Party (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN, led by Cem Özdemir) and the Left Party (DIE LINKE, with Sahra Wagenknecht) and many others. These candidates are depending on the number of second votes to contemplate the chancellor’s seat. The second vote is for a party’s list for the federal level, which will also determine the party’s proportion of seats in the Bundestag as well as appointing the chancellor.

The Erststimme is for those representing their constituencies e.g. Hamburg Wahlkreis 18, also known as Hamburg Mitte. The candidates of the Wahlkreis 18 are Johannes KAHRS of the leading SPD in Hamburg, representative of the CDU, Christoph de VRIES, GRÜNE representative Meryem CELIKKOL, Martin DÖLZER of DIE LINKE, and the FDP, represented by Michael KRUSE, just to mention a few of the popular parties. The aims of these candidates are also to ensure their close relationship with voters as they head towards the Bundestag.

Nevertheless, representatives of the first vote are actually based on party preferences and overlook candidates’ personalities, i.e. prioritising the party’s programme and interest of their voters. The importance of the Erststimme has been undervalued. Looking at the numbers of constituencies involved, along with the po
ssible number of seats in the Bundestag to be awarded, the first vote is equally as important as the second. But with the split voting, eligible voters can favour a coalition form of government on both local and federal levels. 

Therefore, even without having a favourite candidate for chancellor, it is important to know that your visit to the polling station is a multipurpose act. Bearing in mind that voting is an opportunity to seek a better life, participation in voting activities will practically provide an important source of change. Some of the essential decisions are made in elections and will result in who gets elected as a representative into the Bundestag.

By Tano Omaboe
TopAfric Media Network

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