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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
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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 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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