Afghan pupil stabbed to death in German school

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.

Afghan pupil stabbed to death in German school
Outside the school where a student was stabbed to death by a classmate. Photo: DPA.

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."


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.

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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.