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Masked girl attacks German school

world Updated: May 11, 2009 23:57 IST

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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 16-year-old entered the school in Sankt Augustin at 9:00 am 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 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.

AFP