Archive for Saturday, May 27, 2006

Attacker wounds 25 in knife rampage

May 27, 2006


— A knife-wielding man went on a rampage and attacked pedestrians as they left a Berlin celebration early today, wounding 25 people, four seriously, police said.

The 17-year old suspected attacker, a German native of Berlin's working-class Neukoelln district, was arrested, police spokesman Bernhard Schodrowski said. None of the injured are in life-threatening condition, Schodrowski said.

The teen had mingled with crowds a couple of hours after a sound and light show inaugurating Berlin's new central rail station in the heart of the capital when he began to randomly attack people. Eleven ambulances were called to the scene, Schodrowski said.

The attack came amid a rash of racially motivated crimes, including several in Berlin, that have raised concern about security two weeks before Germany hosts the soccer World Cup.


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