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A British tourist is fighting for his life after being stabbed at the Oktoberfest booze-fest in Germany.
The victim, a 35-year-old man, had to be rushed to hospital with critical injuries following the stabbing at the famous festival in Munich on September 17, say police.
Two 18-year-olds, who were already known to the authorities, have been arrested in connection with the incident this week.
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The Brit was wounded in his upper body as he was leaving the first day of the annual beer festival to attend, what investigators believe, was a pre-arranged meeting.
He was then said to have been robbed of his cash, totalling several hundred Euros, before the assailants fled the scene.
The victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was given emergency surgery following his injuries.
One of the teenagers has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder, while the second is being held on suspicion of aggravated robbery.
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Local media says officers carried out searches of five residential properties within Munich in a bid to find the weapon.
However, the weapon is still yet to be found.
Police believe the stabbing is linked to an errant drug deal, according to German media outlet br.de.
This year's Oktoberfest in Munich marks the return of the traditional event after being postponed for two years during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Fears had grown in the last few months that many festivals across Germany may have to be cancelled again amid rocketing energy prices and inflation.
Soaring costs involving in beermaking, including the procurement of barley, malt and hops, had also lead to concerns that the alcoholic beverage central to the festival could be affected..
However, the festival is going ahead as planned and will run until October 3, with as many as six million people expected to attend in total over the 16 days.
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