Girl on the run after German school attack

12th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

German police commandos were tracking the fugitive, reportedly using her mobile phone signal, after she fled the secondary school near Bonn.

Cologne -- A knife-wielding 16-year-old girl was on the run in Germany on Monday after entering her school masked and armed with Motolov cocktails and an air gun, attacking and injuring a fellow pupil.

German police commandos were tracking the fugitive, reportedly using her mobile phone signal, after she fled the secondary school near Bonn. The injured girl was not seriously hurt and was being treated in hospital.

Germany is on high alert after a 17-year-old shot dead 15 people at a school and in the surrounding area in Winnenden in the south of the country in March before shooting himself in a firefight with police.

In this latest incident, the 16-year-old entered the school in Sankt Augustin at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) armed with several knives, injuring a schoolgirl on the hand as she tried to defend herself, police said.

Police rushed to the scene when the school raised the alarm, evacuating all pupils safely. They later found in the girls' toilet a stashed rucksack containing Molotov cocktails and the air gun.

Local newspaper Express reported that the bag also contained a letter to police warning of an attack on the school but police denied this was the case.

Despite a thorough search at the school, police failed to find the perpetrator, who according to Express was a 16-year-old Ukrainian called Tanja O.

The paper said on its website she then escaped from the grammar school in a Ford Mondeo car. It later reported that police were tracking her using her mobile phone signal.

Police believe she is still in the town, which is around 10 kilometres (six miles) east of Bonn and 30 kilometres south of Cologne.

In a crime that deeply shocked Germany in March, Tim Kretschmer went on a rampage at his old school with a gun taken from his father's bedroom, shooting dead eight girls, one boy and three female teachers.

Dressed in combat gear, he then killed a passer-by outside a psychiatric clinic where he had been due to receive treatment, hijacked a car and shot two others at a car dealership before the police shootout.

The massacre prompted calls to tighten gun laws and ban the kind of violent video games played by Kretschmer. Press reports last week said the government has drawn up new regulations including outlawing paintballing.

The draft law would also bar youths under the age of 18 from shooting high-calibre guns at target practice and permit police to conduct checks at the homes of gun owners to ensure their weapons are under lock and key.

In January, an unemployed man carried out a grisly attack at a nursery in Belgium, killing two infants aged six months and nine months and a 54-year-old nurse.

AFP/Expatica

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