A 13-year-old student at a private school in Limassol had to be rushed to the city’s general hospital on Monday after being hit on the head with a hammer by a 13-year-old boy from another school.
The police confirmed the motive for the attack was caused by a dispute over an online game.
The incident happened before noon, when the 13-year-old boy entered the victim’s school premises accompanied by another boy aged 15.
The blow to the head was so hard that the boy had to be transported to the Limassol general hospital at once, where the doctors diagnosed a skull fracture. He was then taken to Makarios hospital in Nicosia for further examinations.
According to the head of the Limassol criminal investigation department Lefteris Kyriacou, the attack was planned from before and not the result of a heated discussion getting out of hand.
“Early reports suggest that the two boys had planned to attack the 13-year-old for some time,” Kyriacou told the Cyprus Mail.
“It also seems that their intention was to kill the victim, not just injure him.”
Kyriacou said the two perpetrators of the attack will be seen by a child psychologist in the next days and that police investigations into how they entered the school undisturbed with a hammer, are underway.
Police said that inside the boy’s bag were a hammer and a knife. They later showed officers a site near the shcool where they had hidden five kitchen knives and other objects.