German university poisoning: Attempted murder probe as milk and water contaminated

GERMAN police have launched a murder investigation after a “poison attack” at a university left a man fighting for his life.

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The force said the 30-year-old was among seven people taken to hospital after drinking milk or water “laced” with poison at the Technical University of Darmstadt over the weekend. All of the victims had reportedly drunk beverages from the Lichtwiese university’s L2.01 building at its campus near Frankfurt.

In a statement released this morning, the public prosecutor’s office said it is investigating a suspected poison attack for attempted murder and had 30 officers on the case.

“The police are doing everything they can to promptly identify who the person or people responsible are,” the Darmstadt police told the dpa.

Tanja Brühl, the university’s president, added: “We are shocked by the obvious crime that has occurred at our university.

“After initial investigations by the police, those affected are believed to have been victims of a poison attack. I will contact them personally as soon as possible, if their condition allows it.”

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The incident is being treated as a poisoning

The incident is being treated as a poisoning (Image: Google)

The German university reported the news yesterday

The German university reported the news yesterday (Image: Twitter)

German police have said that several milk cartons and water containers in one of the buildings on campus were laced with the substance between Friday and yesterday.

“The pungent smell of the affected liquids” was particularly noticeable, the university said last night.

According to the police, the victims suffered from discomfort and discolouration before being taken to hospital yesterday.

Analysis is currently underway and should establish the identity of the substance shortly.

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German police tweeted the news

German police tweeted the news (Image: Twitter)

Other food and drinks that were on the Lichtwiese campus are also being examined, police said.

In a statement, German police said: “The police and the president of the Technical University advise not to consume any food and drinks that were stored in the premises of the Lichtwiese campus during the period of the crime.

“The first people were brought to hospitals around noon with symptoms of poisoning such as malaise and discolouration of the extremities.

“The health of a 30-year-old student who was in serious condition remains critical.

The German city is near Frankfurt

The German city is near Frankfurt (Image: Getty)

“With a large contingent of forces from the police, the fire brigade and the rescue service, the entire building ‘L2.01’ was cleared at noon and the immediate area was blocked.

“All rooms have been searched for food and drinks in order to trace the origin of the as yet unknown substance that caused the poisoning incident.

“Numerous food and water samples were also taken for laboratory testing.”

They added: “The criminal investigation continues.”

Technical University of Darmstadt

Technical University of Darmstadt (Image: Getty)

German police later tweeted: “There is currently an ongoing operation on the #Lichtwiese in #Darmstadt

“So far, we know of seven people who, after consuming various foods and beverages in the ‘L201’ building of the Technical University, have shown signs of poisoning, among other things.”

Additional reporting for Monika Pallenberg

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