Knife fight at Handelskai: Five Injured
Up to 50 youths stabbed and fought at Vienna’s Handelskai.
Up to 50 Afghan youths on Saturday evening sought out an outnumbered group of Chechen background and brutally attacked them with knives and metal pipes. “Two attempted murders and five dangerous cases of bodily harm were filed”, said police spokesperson Paul Eidenberger on Sunday.
Acute mortal danger for two victims
Two of the victims were under acute mortal danger. One social worker who witnessed the brutal attack said that the targeted group was greatly outnumbered. That’s how it happened that some of the victims at the Youth Club were attacked by five people at the same time. The suspects inflicted stabbings in the stomach area, the chest area, backs and faces. The trigger for the attack, according to Vienna Police, was among other things a dispute between the two groups that was waged on Facebook.
The investigations at this point are focused on unknown suspects, because most of the offenders fled when the police arrived at the scene. The whole attack didn’t last more than two minutes. In addition to knives, most of the young participants — according to Eidenberger their ages run from 15 to 25 — also used wood slats and metal pipes. Part of the fight took place in front of the building.