World Bulletin / News Desk
German authorities are investigating a claim by ISIL to be behind the mid-October murder of a teenage boy in Hamburg, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday.
ISIL-affiliated news agency Amaq reported on Saturday that the group had claimed responsibility for the October 16 knife attack.
"A soldier of ISIL stabbed two individuals in Hamburg city on the 16th of this month," the release said, in response to "calls to target the citizens of coalition countries" that are fighting ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
"We are looking into the authenticity of the ISIL claim of responsibility," the police spokeswoman told AFP.
A specialist political crimes unit is now involved in the case, she added.
Meanwhile, news agency DPA reported on Sunday that German federal prosecutors had "taken note" of the claim and may take over the case from regional authorities.
Hamburg police reported a knife attack on the banks of the Alster river on the 16th.
One victim, a 16-year-old boy, was fatally wounded, while a 15-year-old girl who was with him escaped unharmed after the attacker shoved her into the water.
Police launched a dragnet but never found the man, described as aged 23-25 and of "southern" appearance.
"The motive for the crime is unknown and is the subject of further investigation," the October 17 police statement said.
IS' claim of responsibility included no further details about the attack or the perpetrator.
The German air force is participating in the anti-IS bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria with in-air refuelling and reconnaissance flights.
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