German police arrest suspect after assault near synagogue in Hamburg

BERLIN, Oct 4 (Reuters) - German police said on Sunday they arrested a man who attacked and seriously injured a Jewish citizen near a synagogue in the northern town of Hamburg as the Jewish community celebrated Sukkoth.

The assault took place nearly one year after a gunman attacked a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

A police spokesman said the 29-year-old suspect was accused of causing grievous bodily harm. The attacker seemed to have acted alone so there was no further threat, he added.

The motive was still unclear, the police spokesman said.

The 29-year-old victim suffered serious head injuries after the suspect assaulted him with a shovel, German media reported.

Sueddeutsche Zeitung and public broadcaster ARD said the motive of the attacker was clearly anti-Semitic. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Giles Elgood)