The Hanover stabbing that occurred on 26 February 2016 was a terrorist stabbing of a police officer in Hanover, Germany, by a 15-year-old girl. It was the first reported attack by an ISIS sympathiser in Germany.
On 26 February 2016, two police officers approached a 15-year-old and asked for her identifaction papers. The girl stabbed a police officer in the back of the neck at Hanover Central Station, causing severe injuries. The officer survived after surgery. After her arrest, police found a second and larger knife. This was the first reported lone-wolf terrorist attack by a sympathizer of the Islamic State in Germany.
The 15-year-old perpetrator was born in Hanover to a Moroccan mother and a German father who converted to Islam. At age 7, she appeared in a video reciting the Quran with the German Salafist preacher Pierre Vogel.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, started investigating the girl for preparing a serious crime in 2014; NDR television reported that the day after the Paris attacks she described it as the "happiest day of my life", adding: "Allah bless our lions".
According to a Deutsche Welle report, a family member called authorities expressing concerns over radicalisation, and police met with the family days later.
In November 2015, they[who?] traveled to Istanbul where they met members of ISIL, who planned to help them with entry into Syria. In January 2016 they returned to Germany. It is reported in court that orders to carry out a "martyrdom attack" in Germany were given.
Trial and Sentencing
The trial began in October 2016; the press were banned due to the accused being a minor. Safia S. was convicted of attempted murder, helping a terrorist organization, and of grievous bodily harm, and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
Mohamad Hasan K., a man born in Syria, was accused of being an accomplice of Safia. S. and of planning a separate terror attack in 2015. As co-defendant of Safia S., he was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail as he knew of the attack but failed to alert the government.
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Following the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015 that killed 130 people, Safia wrote: "Yesterday was the happiest day of my life, Allah bless our lions, who were in action in Paris yesterday."
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a court in the northern city of Celle convicted her of attempted murder, helping a terrorist organisation and grievous bodily harm. Her lawyer said he would appeal the six-year prison sentence
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A 20-year-old German man of Syrian origin, Mohamad Hasan K., was also accused of being her accomplice and planning a terror attack that led to a football game being canceled in Hanover in 2015.
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Her co-defendant in the trial, 20-year-old Mohamad Hasan K., was found to have known about the planned attack, without reporting it. He was handed a juvenile sentence of two years and six months.
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Mohamad Hasan K, was jailed for two and a half years on Thursday because he knew of the planned attack but failed to alert authorities.