A court has sentenced a 16-year-old girl to six years in jail for committing an act of terrorism. Investigators called the crime a "martyrdom operation" ordered by the "Islamic State," the first on German soil.
The German regional court in Celle sentenced Safia S. to six years in prison on Thursday on charges of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, and support for a foreign terrorist organization.
The Federal Prosecutors Office sought a six-year jail term for Safia S. The defense team pushed for a ruling on solely on aggravated assault.
The defendant had previously admitted to the attack and wrote an apology letter to her victim while in custody.
Due to Safia's age, the trial and the court's ruling was not open to the public.
On February 26, 2016, the then 15-year-old defendant stabbed a police officer in the neck with a vegetable knife at Hannover's main train station. A federal investigation concluded her act was intended as a "martyrdom operation" undertaken for the foreign terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS).
The girl's victim, a 34-year-old police officer, suffered life-threatening injuries but survived after undergoing surgery.