IS Claims Responsibility for Fatal Stabbing in Hamburg

BERLIN (Reuters) -
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
An Islamic State flag. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

A follower of the Islamic State terror group was responsible for a stabbing attack on two youths in the German city of Hamburg two weeks ago, the terror group’s Amaq news agency said on Sunday.

In the incident, the unknown terrorist attacked two teenagers sitting under a bridge at the Alster river in downtown Hamburg. He stabbed the 16-year-old repeatedly from behind and kicked the 15-year-old into the river.

The stabbing victim died of his injuries shortly afterwards in the hospital while the 15-year-old managed to escape.

“A soldier of the Islamic State stabbed two individuals in Hamburg city on the 16th of this month,” Amaq said. “He carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of coalition countries.”

A police spokeswoman in Hamburg declined to comment on Islamic State’s claim and only referred to an earlier statement the police issued shortly after the attack.

According to that statement, the attacker was of “southern appearance,” aged between 23 and 25 years and had a designer stubble.

The background of the act is unknown and the subject of investigation, police said back then.

Experts say it is not clear how close the connection is between groups and individuals proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.