Child stabbed at school before suspect then ‘tries to set himself on fire’

A child has reportedly been stabbed at a school in Germany, after a knife-wielding youngster ran into the building and launched an attack, before allegedly proceeding to try and set himself on fire, according to German media.

The wounded pupil is believed to be in the third grade, making them between seven and eight, and the perpetrator is believed to in the seventh grade, making him ten or 11-years-old.

The incident took place at around 9.40am today in the Bischofswerda area of Saxony near Dresden.

The victim has been taken to hospital by paramedics.

Following the stabbing, the child reportedly attempted to set themselves alight. However local reports suggest that he was unable to do so, having been apprehended by police. It is unknown whether the knife-wielder has been arrested and whether a threat remains.

German outlet RTL is reporting that the victim is a little girl, however this is yet to be confirmed by police.

It remains unknown whether the attacker attended Oberschule Bischofswerda – the school the incident took place at – or another school.

Images taken from the scene show pupils amassed outside the front entrance to the school, following the site’s evacuation. Pictures also show police and ambulance vehicles parked nearby, after the alarm was raised.

The school is in Bischofswerda, around 33km from Dresden and in the district of Bautzen. According to 2021 figures, the town has around 10,000 people.

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