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Man injured in ‘knife and gun’ attack in Cologne

A fight between several people resulted in one man being sent to hospital with serious injuries on Monday morning.

Man injured in 'knife and gun' attack in Cologne
Police at the crime scene in Cologne. Photo: DPA.

Police reported that a 34-year-old man was seriously injured during a fight in the early hours of Monday morning within the centre of Cologne.

Witnesses alerted police to the situation shortly before 4am, saying that several people were involved in an altercation.

At the crime scene officers found shattered glass and bloodstains as well as spent bullet cases, though they said they are still investigating whether these were related.

Witnesses said several cars were seen fleeing the scene, and the injured man was found inside his white SUV with a stabbing wound as well as head injuries. He was then taken to hospital.

The man's car also sustained damages, police said.

Officers later found several people inside a bar, who were then taken into custody for questioning. Two vehicles were also seized for the investigation.

Local newspaper Express and broadcaster WDR reported that shots had been fired during the altercation.

Police told DPA that they could not confirm reports of guns, an axe or a knife being used.

Express reported that witnesses saw three or four people arguing with another man, and that the men were all well-dressed.

Witnesses also told Express that the men had attacked one another using axes.

The man who appeared to be on his own, fighting the others, was wounded with a knife and tried to escape by running to his Mercedes. The other men then shot at him, but only hit his car.

Police said that the background of the fight is still unclear, but there is no evidence that it was a terrorist or rampage attack.

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German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

On Tuesday, investigators continued to look for clues behind a knife attack on two schoolgirls in Baden-Württemberg on Monday in which one died from her injuries.

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.

A 14-year-old had to be resuscitated at the scene before she was taken to a hospital and died hours later. A 13-year-old was seriously hurt, but not with life-threatening injuries.

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

A police spokesman said the man had probably injured himself with the knife – although it remains unclear if it was intentional – before fleeing back to the refugee home where he was staying.

He was taken to a hospital where he remains under police monitoring.

“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.”

Authorities say they continue investigating why the attack occurred and if the suspect knew the two girls beforehand.

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