Germany has arrested two American soldiers over the fatal stabbing of a young man at a funfair in the west of the country but turned them over to US prosecutors.
"Following the murder of a 28-year-old man, two suspects were arrested... They are American servicemen,” German police in the western city of Treves said in a statement on Sunday.
The incident took place on Saturday during an altercation among several people in the small town of Wittlich.
During the fight the victim "was stabbed to death," and "four people, two men, and two women ran away from the scene of the crime," according to the local police.
Two members of the fleeing group were quickly identified as 25- and 26-year-old men whom police arrested before handing them over to US authorities, who will take charge of the case "in accordance with NATO statutes," the police added.
"We've never experienced anything like this here," said Wittlich Mayor Joachim Rodenkirch when interviewed by the local press.
Germany plays host to the largest US military base in Europe holding 4000 soldiers. The country is also home to five of the seven US Army garrisons across Europe.
In addition, roughly 9,600 US Air Force personnel are spread across various locations in Germany, including the two US Air Force bases of Ramstein and Spangdahlem.
US forces have remained in Germany ever since the conclusion of World War 2.
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