Last Saturday night two groups of rambunctious culture-enriching “youths” in Vienna got a little rowdy and went after each other with knives, metal pipes, and other implements of destruction. One of the groups (the Afghans) outnumbered the other (the Chechens), and two of the mischievous youngsters are now in critical condition in the hospital.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from the Austrian daily Kurier:
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.
Six attackers arrested
Six members of the Afghan group were caught and arrested during their attempted escape. So far three witnesses have been interrogated. In order to piece together the circumstances, video surveillance from the ÖBB [public transportation] and the Vienna Railway have been requested, since the crime scene is close to the Handelskai train station, said Eidenberger.
In the course of the investigation through the Vienna Office of Criminal Investigation, one bloodhound and one special specially trained tracking dog were deployed as well. At this point the only weapons that could be secured were metal pipes.