The man arrested in 2004 for belonging to an al-Qaeda linked group and plotting an attack on former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, was shot and killed by authorities this week after he attacked a police officer with a knife.
His name is Rafik Mohamad Yousef and he is 41. While no specific plot has been uncovered to explain his actions, the morning of his attack he removed his electronic tag he was ordered to wear by authorities.
the female officer he injured was critically injured. He also threatened several passerby.
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From the AP:
BERLIN (AP) — German police shot and killed a known Islamic extremist after he threatened passers-by and attacked an officer with a knife on the streets of Berlin, officials said Thursday.
Officers were called to Spandau, in western Berlin, after reports that a man was waving a knife about on the street. The 41-year-old man seriously injured a female officer before another officer shot and killed him.
Security officials confirmed to The Associated Press that the attacker was Rafik Mohamad Yousef, who was convicted seven years ago of belonging to an al-Qaida-linked terror group. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the man’s name publicly.