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Man stabbed to death in Berlin party district

A man was stabbed to death on Saturday night in one of Berlin's busiest bar and club districts, police said on Sunday. The reasons for the knife attack remain unclear.

Man stabbed to death in Berlin party district
The junction of Revaler Straße and Warschauer Straße in Berlin-Friedrichshain. Photo: DPA

Police confirmed on Monday that the dead man was a 46-year-old Nigerian of no known address. An autopsy confirmed that the stabbing was the cause of death.

The man had collapsed outside a kebab stand on the corner of Revaler Straße and Warschauer Straße in the eastern district of Friedrichshain just after midnight, police said in a statement.

Investigators are now following up leads on the killing.

Party district

Revaler Straße's many bars and clubs – and adjacent all-night kebab stands – are especially popular with young students and party tourists in the capital.

Buildings on the RAW compound – formerly train repair sheds for the East German railway operator – host cobbled-together nightspots, a climbing tower and an indoor skate park.

The entrance to the RAW compound club district in Berlin. Photo: DPA

But the area has a dark side too, as it is well-known for street drug dealing and has seen violence in recent months.

A well-known punk band suffered a vicious knife attack there in August 2015 that left one of their musicians with a near fatal gash in his throat.

Despite an increased police presence in the area since the attack, drug dealing has continued on Revaler Straße almost uninterrupted.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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