Afghan migrant knife attack leaves four injured

A 20-year-old Afghan male has been arrested by German police for a knife attack in Hamburg on Sunday evening which left four injured.

According to local media, the migrant had been involved in a dispute with another male on Hansaplatz in the Hamburg district of St. Georg before allegedly following the 29-year-old man to a bar in Bremer Reihe before pulling out a knife and attacking him.

Three male witnesses, aged 43, 52, 55, who attempted to intervene and apprehend the migrant were also injured in the resulting scuffle and treated for knife wounds by paramedics at the scene.

Two of the victims received substantial injuries and were taken to hospital by emergency services, reports.

More than half a dozen police response units were needed to overwhelm and restrain the knifeman, who was eventually arrested.

The attack is one of a number of recent incidents involving Afghan nationals who have settled in European countries, and follows a stabbing spree by a 25-year-old Afghan asylum seeker in the north-west German town of Greven last week which saw one man stabbed to death and another seriously injured at a refugee centre.

In neighbouring Austria last month, four Afghan nationals were arrested and will stand trial for the heinous gang-rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl, who was found strangled and dumped next to a tree in Vienna-Donaustadt.

German tabloid BILD warned on Tuesday that any further advance from the Taliban in Afghanistan, following the withdrawal of American and British troops, will see hundreds of thousands more Afghan nationals attempting to come to Europe.

“Many are fleeing to Iran in order to get to Europe via Turkey”, claimed Wenzel Michalski, Germany director of Human Rights Watch.

Germany is already home to 271,805 Afghans, 26,850 of whom were born there.