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Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz in city center: Following knife attack in Bonn: 16-year-old in custody

Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz in city center : Following knife attack in Bonn: 16-year-old in custody

A 20-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries in a violent clash between two groups on Thursday evening at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz in Bonn. Now a 16-year-old suspect is in custody.

A 20-year-old young man suffered life-threatening injuries during a dispute between several people at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz in Bonn late Thursday evening. After several police officers arrived, they also encountered two more seriously injured youth, ages 16 and 19. According to the public prosecutor's office, all three injured persons were hospitalized.

A 16-year-old is believed to have inflicted the injuries on the 20-year-old, the police said on Sunday. Three suspects were temporarily arrested after the crime.

Investigations so far have shown that there was initially a verbal dispute between two groups of three people each at the Berliner Freiheit at around 10:50 pm. When this escalated, glass bottles were smashed in order to use them as weapons, the police said on Sunday.

According to the investigation up to now, the 16-year-old is said to have pulled a knife as the situation heated up, and he inflicted serious injuries on the 20-year-old. After being given medical care on site, he was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition is currently stable.

A 17-year-old and a 20-year-old, both involved in the dispute, were taken into police custody and later released. The investigations concerning them, however, continue.

The 16-year-old was brought before a magistrate at the request of the Bonn public prosecutor's office. The judge issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of attempted manslaughter. He was taken to a correctional facility.

The public prosecutor's office has not yet been able to provide any information on the background of the dispute. The GA has a video showing several police vehicles and ambulances.

Due to the overall circumstances, a homicide commission of the Bonn police, in close coordination with the public prosecutor's office, has taken over the investigations on suspicion of an attempted killing.

Orig. text: Michael Wrobel, Ayla Jacob

Translation: ck