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Two days of youth fighting last week in Wiesbaden, Germany, has German authorities worried some American teens involved may be gang members or supporters of gangs.

German police and U.S. military police say they are investigating 21 students, three of whom are girls, who allegedly took part in the two incidents.

The first fight, involving two Turks and a gang of American students, took place Tuesday. The second fight on Wednesday was against two Germans over baseball caps.

On both days, a group of American students attacked teens just outside of the nearby Wiesbaden military installations, German police say.

Tuesday’s altercation was between two Turkish teens and about 10 Americans. Two American teens pulled out knives during the fight, but nobody was hurt, according to Günther Winnen, spokesman for the Wiesbaden West Hessen police department.

Wednesday’s fight involved two German teens and about 20 American teens. A couple of American students took baseball caps from the Germans and wouldn’t return them, according to a German police report. The incident ended with the Germans being hit in the head and then pushed head first into a store window.

Winnen said the German police believe these incidents may be gang related after searching the belongings of the Americans.

“Years ago, there were gang problems here and the youths ... were either gang members or gang supporters. We think this may be the case again,” Winnen said, referring to suspected gang paraphernalia found during the searches.

The teens, ranging in age from 15 to 18, have been turned over the U.S. military police for further investigation, Winnen said.

But the German police still have jurisdiction of the case.

Donna Dean, a spokeswoman for the Wiesbaden community, said the military police have not filed any charges against the American teens involved and none of the Americans were injured. She also denied any gang ties to the fights.

“This incident was an isolated incident. We do not have any known gang activity in the U.S. community in Wiesbaden,” Dean said during a telephone interview from her Wiesbaden office Monday.

However, earlier this year, five teenagers were suspended from H.H. Arnold High School after a fight at the school. At the time, the school’s principal described the students as “gang-wannabes.”

“The investigation is still ongoing by the German police with the MPs assisting,” Dean said. “Of course, we take such incidents very seriously and this behavior will not be tolerated both on and off post.”


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