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German prosecutors: Man killed by police after knife attack near Berlin was Islamic extremist

FILE - In his July 15, 2008 file photo Rafik Mohamad Yousef, one of the three defendants, enters the dock at the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart, southern Germany. German prosecutors said the known Islamic extremist has been shot and killed by police after he attacked an officer with a knife in Berlin on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer, file)

FILE - In his July 15, 2008 file photo Rafik Mohamad Yousef, one of the three defendants, enters the dock at the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart, southern Germany. German prosecutors said the known Islamic extremist has been shot and killed by police after he attacked an officer with a knife in Berlin on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Maurer, file)  (The Associated Press)

German prosecutors say a known Islamic extremist has been shot and killed by police after he attacked an officer with a knife in Berlin.

Prosecutor Dirk Feuerberg says authorities considered the 41-year-old Iraqi part of Berlin's Islamist scene.

Police were called Thursday after reports that a man was waving a knife about on a street in Spandau, Berlin. The man seriously injured a female officer before another officer shot and killed him.

German news agency dpa reported that the unnamed man was handed a prison sentence by a court in Stuttgart in 2008 for membership of a terrorist organization.

The man was free on bail but ordered to wear an electronic tag, which he removed before the attack.