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Teen fatally stabbed in Hamburg S-Bahn station

A 19-year-old man has died after he was stabbed during a conflict with a group of five teenagers at an S-Bahn train station in Hamburg, the police said on Saturday.

Teen fatally stabbed in Hamburg S-Bahn station
Photo: DPA

The young man was waiting for the S-Bahn at the Jungfernstieg station with a friend, aged 17, when he was approached by one member of the group on Friday evening.

“The four other youths followed, and a short, verbal fight broke out,” Hamburg police said in a statement.

According to police, video footage shows the five-person group then set off for the U2 metro train platform, where they were involved in an altercation with another man wearing blue jeans and a white shirt. Police are urgently looking to contact him as a potential witness.

Following the dispute, the group returned to the S-Bahn platform, where they encountered the 19-year-old man and his friend. A fight broke out and the victim was stabbed in his torso.

Police said the mortally wounded young man and his friend escaped toward the U-Bahn train platform, where the victim collapsed.

“Attempts at resuscitation by paramedics called [to the scene] were unsuccessful,” the police statement read.

Police are searching for five teenagers between the ages of 17 and 18, between 170 and 178 centimetres in height, or between 5’7” and 5’10”, and of slender body type. A police spokesman said extensive high-quality video footage of the incident was available.

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German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

Police were on Tuesday investigating a motive behind the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl on her way to school in Baden-Württemberg in a case that made national headlines.

German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

According to police, a 27-year-old man attacked two girls on the street with a knife as they walked to school Monday morning in the small town of Illerkirchberg near Ulm.

The victim, a German girl with a Turkish family background, was revived at the scene but later died in hospital, police said.

A 13-year-old girl was also hurt in the incident but did not suffer
life-threatening injuries.

Police apprehended the suspect at “nearby asylum seekers’ accommodation”, they said.

The alleged aggressor was injured when he was stopped by police and was taken to receive medical treatment. He was currently being held in hospital under guard.

Google Maps shows the town of Illerkirchberg, which has a little over 5,000 residents, and sits on the border with Bavaria.

“We will fully investigate this terrible act,” announced Thomas Strobl, Baden-Württemberg’s Interior Minister on Monday. “We are deeply affected…when the life of an innocent child is so brutally taken.”

The crime has taken on a political dimension because the suspect is an asylum seeker from Eritrea. Several politicians from Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) used the crime to question the country’s immigration policies. 

In the statement, a police spokesperson asked people “not to harbour general suspicions against strangers, or asylum seekers in general, or to encourage or support such suspicions.”

She said she was aware “that events of this kind stir up fears and emotions.”

The Turkish ambassador to Germany, Ahmet Basar Sen, was set to visit the scene of the crime Tuesday with  Strobl, and the mayor of Illerkirchberg.

“I mourn the girl who was killed and sincerely hope that the injured girl will recover,” Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser posted on Twitter Monday.

“The police are urgently investigating the background” of the attack, she said.

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