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Girl, 14, is stabbed to death and her best friend, 13, injured by knifeman in Germany

A teenage girl was stabbed to death and her best friend injured when a knifeman rushed at them from an asylum shelter as they walked to school in Germany on Monday.  Pictured: Candles and flowers are seen at the scene of the attack on Tuesday morning

A teenage girl was stabbed to death and her best friend injured when a knife ran at them from an asylum shelter on their way to school in Germany.

Emergency services rushed to the town of Illerkirchberg on Monday where they found the two schoolgirls – aged 14 and 13 – seriously injured.

Police in the city of Ulm (southwest), near Stuttgart and Munich, said paramedics resuscitated the eldest daughter, named Ece S., before she was taken to hospital after the attack, which occurred around 7:30 a.m.

“Despite the best efforts of doctors, she died there,” police said in a statement.

A teenage girl was stabbed to death and her best friend injured when a knifeman rushed at them from an asylum shelter as they walked to school in Germany on Monday.  Pictured: Candles and flowers are seen at the scene of the attack on Tuesday morning

A teenage girl was stabbed to death and her best friend injured when a knifeman rushed at them from an asylum shelter as they walked to school in Germany on Monday. Pictured: Candles and flowers are seen at the scene of the attack on Tuesday morning

Emergency services rushed to the town of Illerkirchberg, near Stuttgart and Munich, on Monday, where they found the two schoolgirls - aged 14 and 13 - seriously injured.  They were rushed to hospital, where the older of the two girls died.  Pictured: Police and forensic investigators are seen on the side of a road near where the attack took place on Monday morning

Emergency services rushed to the town of Illerkirchberg, near Stuttgart and Munich, on Monday, where they found the two schoolgirls – aged 14 and 13 – seriously injured. They were rushed to hospital, where the older of the two girls died. Pictured: Police and forensic investigators are seen on the side of a road near where the attack took place on Monday morning

The girl, named Nerea M., remains in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, they added. Both victims had German nationality.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at a refugee shelter near the scene of the attack. The man, who was found with injuries and a knife, is of Eritrean descent, police said.

Two other men were also arrested.

According to German newspaper Bild, the girls were traveling through Illerkirchberg, home to around 4,700 people, to catch their bus to their secondary school in Ulm, located around eight kilometers to the north.

Their journey to the bus stop took them a short distance past the asylum seekers shelter, and they were attacked around 7.30am.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at a refugee shelter near the scene of the attack.  The man, who was found with injuries and a knife, is of Eritrean descent, police said.  Pictured: Spray-painted forensic markers cover the road and adjacent wall at the crime scene on Monday

A 27-year-old man was arrested at a refugee shelter near the scene of the attack. The man, who was found with injuries and a knife, is of Eritrean descent, police said. Pictured: Spray-painted forensic markers cover the road and adjacent wall at the crime scene on Monday

Pictured: Two forensic officers roll boxes of equipment near where the attack took place.  Investigators are trying to determine the motive for the attack and whether the suspect and the girls knew each other before he attacked them on Monday morning

Pictured: Two forensic officers roll boxes of equipment near where the attack took place. Investigators are trying to determine the motive for the attack and whether the suspect and the girls knew each other before he attacked them on Monday morning

Pictured: A police seal is attached to the door of a house near a crime scene.  The two girls were walking towards a bus stop on their way to school when they were attacked by a man who fled from a nearby asylum centre.  Police say the 27-year-old suspect is of Eritrean descent

Pictured: A police seal is attached to the door of a house near a crime scene. The two girls were walking towards a bus stop on their way to school when they were attacked by a man who fled from a nearby asylum centre. Police say the 27-year-old suspect is of Eritrean descent

Emergency services rushed to the town of Illerkirchberg, near Stuttgart and Munich, on Monday where they found the two schoolgirls - aged 14 and 13 - seriously injured in the attack.

Emergency services rushed to the town of Illerkirchberg, near Stuttgart and Munich, on Monday where they found the two schoolgirls – aged 14 and 13 – seriously injured in the attack.

Horrified residents who witnessed the attack immediately alerted the emergency services, who transported the students from the school to hospital.

Meanwhile, the suspect fled to a nearby building. Bild reported that it was a refugee shelter.

The police stormed the building and arrested all its inhabitants. Officials said they took the main suspect and two others to the police station – while the other innocent parties were released.

Footage from Illerkirchberg showed police in white forensic gear examining the scene of the attack. Numbered, spray-painted forensic markers covered a road and adjacent wall.

Later, candles and flowers were left at the scene by grieving residents, paying tribute to the girl who was killed in the attack.

Pictured: Candles and flowers are seen at the scene of the attack on Tuesday morning

Pictured: Candles and flowers are seen at the scene of the attack on Tuesday morning

Pictured: Forensic markers cover the road where two girls were attacked in Illerkirchberg, near Ulm, on their way to school on Monday morning

Pictured: Forensic markers cover the road where two girls were attacked in Illerkirchberg, near Ulm, on their way to school on Monday morning

According to German newspaper Bild, the girls were crossing Illerkirchberg (pictured), home to around 4,700 people, to catch their bus to their secondary school in Ulm

According to German newspaper Bild, the girls were crossing Illerkirchberg (pictured), home to around 4,700 people, to catch their bus to their secondary school in Ulm

Investigators are trying to determine the motive for the attack and whether the suspect and the girls knew each other. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect lived in the accommodation in which he was found.

The top German security official expressed shock at the attack.

“I mourn with the girl who was killed and I fervently hope that the injured will recover,” Interior Minister Nanct Faeser said on Twitter.

“My thoughts are with their families at this time.”

In their statement, the police urged people to refrain from stirring up suspicion against refugees, asylum seekers and other foreigners.

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