Germany missed deadline to deport Hamburg attacker

German officials missed a deadline two years ago to deport the man who carried out last week's stabbing attack in Hamburg.

Ben Ariel ,

Scene of Hamburg stabbing
Scene of Hamburg stabbing

Germany's migration office says officials missed a deadline two years ago to deport the Palestinian Arab man who fatally stabbed one person and wounded six others at a Hamburg supermarket last week, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The attacker, who has been identified only as Ahmad A., arrived from Norway in early 2015. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees told news agency dpa Tuesday that in July 2015 the agency asked Norway to take him back. But the request was made one day after a deadline expired and Norway refused.

The office said it was dealing with a large volume of asylum-seekers at the time, according to AP.

German officials said that before Friday's supermarket attack, Ahmad A. had been cooperating with officials to try to get him new Palestinian papers so he could be deported.

On Monday it was reported that Ahmad A. was self-radicalized and was not associated with a specific terrorist group, such as the Islamic State (ISIS).

He reportedly told investigators he decided to commit an attack in hopes of dying a "martyr".

The attack in Hamburg was the latest in a series of terrorist attack in Germany that have left the country on high alert.

In one attack, a 17-year-old Afghani with an axe attacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg before being shot dead by security forces.

In a second incident, an attacker set off a bomb in a restaurant in Ansbach, killing himself and wounding 12 others.

The most serious attack took place in December, when terrorist Anis Amri drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack.