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A U.S. civilian is recovering in a German hospital after he was injured Sunday morning by a knife-wielding assailant in Ulm, Germany, authorities said Tuesday.

The attack occurred when the 26-year-old U.S. civilian and a soldier — both based in Stuttgart — were confronted by two men along Schillerstrasse in Ulm. The Americans were on their way to visit a friend when they were approached by the two men in an aggressive manner, according to police.

German investigators did not describe the nature of the dispute.

A verbal conflict and shoving match ensued, according to a police news release. During the quarrel, the U.S. civilian received life-threatening injuries of cuts and a stab wound to the neck, causing him to tumble to the street, police said.

He received emergency treatment at a nearby German hospital.

“Luckily, his life is no longer in danger,” said Reiner Durst, a spokesman for the Ulm police.

However, police so far have been unable to speak to the man because of his condition, Durst said.

German authorities continue to search for the unknown attacker and his partner, both of whom were described as having dark hair and slender builds.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 0731-1880.

Durst said a special eight-member task force was established to investigate the case.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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