On Saturday, ISIS claimed responsibility for a fatal knife stabbing attack in Germany that left one teen dead and another undergoing psychiatric treatment earlier in October. “A solider of the Islamic State stabbed 2 individuals in Hamburg city on the 16th of this month. He carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of coalition countries,” according to the ISIS-related media outlet Amaq.
Two teenagers, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, were sitting on the waterside of a Hamburg lake when a mysterious man stalked them from behind, and stabbed the boy repeatedly with a knife. The attacker then pushed the girl into the water to drown, and thus fled the scene afterward. The boy was taken to a hospital where he subsequently died. The girl who was pushed into the water survived, but was taken to a hospital for psychiatric treatment after the attack.
A German police spokesman for the prosecutor’s office released a statement on the matter: “We are aware of the statement and have to check the content thoroughly in regard to its reliability.”
The attacker, described as a male from 25 to 30 years old in the police report, is still at large following the attack at Aussenalster lake in Hamburg. The German homicide division is now considering terrorism as a factor in the investigation since ISIS’ claims of responsibility.
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