Teenager from Mali Beaten, Stabbed in Sofia
An 18-year-old man from the Republic of Mali has been assaulted and stabbed in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, police said.
The victim has been identified as A.K.
He has been rushed to hospital, but there was no immediate information about how critical his condition is and how the bloody conflict erupted.
The unidentified attackers managed to run from the scene of the crime and were not arrested.
The assault comes just two days after a 28-year-old man of Turkish origin was beaten up in Sofia in the region of Pirotska Street.
The incident happened on the crossing of Pirotska Street and Tsar Samuil Street on Saturday evening.
The man was attacked by a group of men, who knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the head.
The man was taken to the Military Medical Academy in Sofia in serious condition and hospital officials told journalists of bTV that he was in a coma.
The 28-year-old man is called Metin. He is said to be a Bulgarian national of Turkish origin, who worked near the Banya Bashi Mosque and at the Iliyantsi market.
Two of the attackers were detained at the 3rd regional police department in Sofia, while the others managed to run away.
One week ago, 20-year-old Viktoria Hristova, a shop assistant at a site in Pirotska Street, was stabbed multiple times by a man in an attempted armed robbery. The prime suspect, Algerian national Salahedin bin Aladdin, was arrested on November 6 in Greece.
The assault triggered a number of protest rallies by nationalist parties in Sofia on Sunday. The nationalists urged authorities to put an end to "immigrant terror", which, in turn caused the prosecutor's office to initiate proceedings over incitement to ethnic hatred.
A few days earlier, a 17-year-old Syrian national was stabbed in front of a refugee hostel in the Voenna Rampa district of Sofia.
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