Germany Tries Teenage Girl Accused of Stabbing Policeman on Daesh Orders

BERLIN, Oct 20 – A teenage German-Moroccan girl went on trial in Germany on Thursday accused of stabbing a policeman at a train station in Hanover on the orders of Daesh militant group.

Safia S., a dual citizen who has been in prison awaiting trial, is charged with attempted murder and with being a supporter of the jihadist group.

She travelled to Istanbul in January, where she met members of the group who planned to help her enter Daesh-controlled territory in Syria, prosecutors have said.

While in Istanbul, she received orders from Daesh members to carry out a “martyrdom attack” in Germany.

She stabbed and seriously wounded the policeman in February after she was brought back to Germany by her mother, the prosecution has said. She was 16 at the time.

After being returned to Germany, Safia S. contacted Daesh members online and asked them to help her plan an attack, prosecutors have said.

The accused is believed to have been radicalized in Germany by people with ties to the ultra-conservative Salafi strand of Islam. Authorities believe 820 Germans have left for war zones in Syria and Iraq.

A 20-year-old German Syrian is also standing trial in the same case. Prosecutors believe Mohamad K. knew of Safia’s plan to carry out the attack and did not inform the police.

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