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Police arrest two after knife incident (Updated)

Larnaca police have arrested two pupils, 20 and 17, of Syrian origin, in connection with a knife incident in which four Greek Cypriots were injured on Wednesday morning.

No one was seriously injured during the incident, which education authorities said was an “unfortunate frivolous act” and was not linked to racist behaviour.

The two, who attend the Ayios Lazaros Technical School, allegedly attacked four Greek Cypriot pupils because they thought they were talking about them.

Words were exchanged and a fight ensued in which the 17-year-old allegedly pulled out a knife and injured a 16-year-old under the armpit. He also caused superficial wounds to the other three, reports said.

The two suspects fled the area but were detained later by police.

The 16-year-old was rushed to hospital where he was treated for a five-centimetre cut. The other three were discharged after receiving treatment.

Secondary education director Elias Markadjis said the incident was not linked to racist behaviour.

In a written statement, Markadjis said behavioural problems existed in schools, as they did in society.

“This problematic behaviour was known in the school and teachers and the headmaster were dealing with it,” he said. “In fact, there had been indications that the behaviour of the pupils in question improved.”

The school continued its normal operation after the incident.

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