Two young girls wounded, one criticaly, in Berlin school knife attack

Illustrative: German federal police in Berlin, Germany, on April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Illustrative: German federal police in Berlin, Germany, on April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

A girl sustained life-threatening injuries in a knife attack at her elementary school in Berlin on Wednesday, police say, while a suspect had been detained.

A second girl was also injured in the attack at the school in the Berlin district of Neukoelln, they say.

The schoolmates, aged between seven and eight, were both rushed to hospital.

A suspect was arrested close to the school grounds following the incident.

The circumstances surrounding the attack were not immediately clear, a police spokeswoman says.

Neither was it clear whether the assailant was known to the schoolgirls, the spokeswoman says.

Berlin’s regional interior minister Iris Spranger says she was “deeply shocked” by the events at the school, confirming the girls had been attacked with a knife.

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