Friday 24 January 2020

Girl who stabbed German policeman 'planned to be IS martyr'

Hanover railway station
Hanover railway station

A 15-year-old girl who stabbed a police officer is being investigated on suspicion of supporting a terrorist organisation, German prosecutors have said.

The teenager, named only as Safia S, was already being held on suspicion of attempted murder and serious bodily harm for attacking the officer with a kitchen knife at Hanover railway station on February 26.

In a statement on Friday, federal prosecutors said the German-Moroccan girl "adopted the radical-jihadist ideology" of the Islamic State group from November 2015 onwards and had been in online contact with members of the group in Syria.

Prosecutors said she travelled to Istanbul hoping to reach Syria but was brought back by her mother, but while in Turkey members of IS convinced her to carry out a martyrdom operation in Germany.

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