Afghan pupil stabbed to death in German school

Afghan pupil stabbed to death in German school
Outside the school where a student was stabbed to death by a classmate. Photo: DPA.
A 17-year-old Afghan youth stabbed to death a fellow student of the same age and nationality in a German high school classroom on Tuesday, police said.

Police said information so far indicated the suspect entered the classroom mid-morning and "suddenly attacked the victim" in the school in a working class suburb of the northern port city of Hamburg.

"He apparently used a knife and stabbed the 17-year-old," they said in a statement. "The victim died a little later at the scene."

The suspect was detained in the classroom and did not resist arrest, they said, adding that the reason for the attack was not yet known.

Hamburg's mayor Olaf Scholz reacted with shock.

"A shadow has fallen over our city," he said in a statement. "We are appalled by an act of violence which leaves us stunned."