Germany: Knife fight between Afghans and Iraqis in a residential building

Last Thursday evening, a dispute between five people escalated in an apartment on Gräfin-Bertha-Street in Steinfurt-Borghorst. According to previous investigations, a 22-year-old Afghan accompanied by an 18-year-old compatriot came to the apartment of his former female partner that evening. In addition to the 33-year-old woman, three male acquaintances of hers aged 22, 28 and 39 (all Iraqi citizens; note: these persons are the suspects) were staying in the rooms. When a dispute quickly broke out between the five men, the woman fled with her children to the upper floor and alerted the police from there.Meanwhile, the dispute on the ground floor came to a head. In the course of this dispute, the three Iraqis are said to have beaten the 22-year-old Afghan and brought him to the ground. The 22-year-old accused is said to have stabbed the victim with a knife and the 28-year-old with scissors. The 39-year-old is said to have held the victim during the incident. When the 18-year-old companion tried to help the assaulted man, the 22-year-old Iraqi is said to have stabbed him in the chest. The alarmed policemen arrested the three accused Iraqis in their apartment. The two injured Afghans were taken to special clinics after emergency medical care. The Münster police have set up a homicide commission under the leadership of the chief superintendent Ulrich Bux.The Münster police have set up a homicide commission under the leadership of the chief superintendent of crime Ulrich Bux. “The two injured are now out of danger,” said the head of the homicide department. “The background to the dispute may be due to a previous relationship between the 22-year-old injured person and the 33-year-old woman,” Bux continued. “We are investigating the urgent suspicion of a dangerous assault,” explained Chief Public Prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt. The detainees were brought before a judge yesterday. The judge ordered immediate custody of the three Iraqis at the request of the public prosecutor’s office. “The 22-year-old would have died without the immediate emergency medical intervention according to medical assessment,” Botzenhardt continued.

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