18 Sep 2015

German police shoot dead Islamist who stabbed policewoman

7:43 am on 18 September 2015

Police in Berlin have shot dead an Islamist who stabbed and seriously injured a policewoman.

Rafik Yousef, who was born in Iraq, had previously been jailed for involvement in a plot to kill a former Iraqi prime minister in Berlin in 2004.

Officials said Yousef should have been wearing an electronic tag as part of his parole conditions after serving a prison sentence.

The German authorities were unable to deport him at the time as he had refugee status and was at risk of being killed in his native Iraq.