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In Germany Teen gets 6-year term for 'IS' police stabbing

Prosecutors initially believed that IS jihadists ordered the attack, but the group never claimed responsibility for it.

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Armed police secured the entrance to the Higher Regional Court in Celle near Hanover, northern Germany, on January 26, 2017 play

Armed police secured the entrance to the Higher Regional Court in Celle near Hanover, northern Germany, on January 26, 2017

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A German court on Thursday sentenced a teenage girl to six years of juvenile detention for stabbing a police officer in an assault "to support the Islamic State group".

The defendant, identified as 16-year-old Safia S., was convicted of "attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and support for a foreign terrorist organisation", the court in the northern city of Celle said in a statement.

"With this crime she wanted to support the so-called Islamic State (IS)," it said, citing chats found on her mobile phone.

Prosecutors initially believed that IS jihadists ordered the attack, but the group never claimed responsibility for it.

The hearings were held behind closed doors because the defendant, a German-Moroccan national, is a minor. The verdict met the sentencing demand presented by prosecutors last week.

One of the girl's lawyers said she would appeal the verdict to seek a lighter sentence.

Prosecutors had argued that the girl sought to catch the attention of police officers by following them at the main train station in the northern city of Hanover.

As the officers called her over for an identity check, the girl, who was 15 at the time, stabbed one of them in the neck with a vegetable knife before being subdued by another officer.

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.

Authorities believe Safia S. was radicalised as a young girl. They found a message on her phone sent to Mohamad Hasan K. after the deadly Paris attacks in November 2015, exulting about the carnage.

"Yesterday was my favourite day. Allah bless our lions who carried out an operation in Paris yesterday," she wrote.

Germany was hit by a number of jihadist attacks last year, with the deadliest occurring on December 19 when a Tunisian suspect rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12.

The suspect, Anis Amri, who was shot and killed days later by Italian police, had sworn allegiance to the IS group.

Two attacks last July were also claimed by IS -- an axe rampage on a train in Wuerzburg that injured five, and a suicide bombing in Ansbach in which 15 people were hurt.

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