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Teen girl gets five years for failed firebomb attack on school

A 16-year-old girl who tried to firebomb her school in May and attacked a fellow pupil with a sword was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in a juvenile detention centre.

Teen girl gets five years for failed firebomb attack on school

Previously been identified by police as Tanja Otto, the teenager was tried behind closed doors because of her age. She was found guilty of attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm and preparing explosives, a court spokesman said.

The girl stormed her secondary school in Sankt Augustin near Bonn on May 11 brandishing an arsenal including Molotov cocktails and a short sword.

Investigators say she planned to stab her teacher with the blade, then lock the classroom door and set off the firebombs.

However, while preparing her attack in the school toilets, she was disturbed by a 17-year-old fellow pupil, whom she hacked at with the sword.

A teacher raised the alarm and armed commandos specially trained to deal with a school massacre rushed to the scene. The 800 students at the school were told over loudspeakers to lock the doors and lie on the floor.

The 16-year-old fled but gave herself up later the same day to police at Cologne’s main train station.

The incident came two months after 17-year-old boy sent shock waves through Germany when he shot dead nine pupils and three teachers at his old school in

Winnenden, and then three passers-by.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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