A German teenager who attempted to pull a harmless prank on a group of young people has ended up in hospital.
The 16-year-old was dressed as a clown and jumped out at the group on a Berlin street, brandishing a hammer.
Berlin police said a 14-year-old responded to the prank by pulling out a knife and stabbing the clown in the torso.
It was only after the stabber took off the victim’s mask that he realized it was his friend playing a joke.
He provided first aid until emergency services arrived to take the victim to hospital.
The 14-year-old was released to his parents. The victim’s condition is unknown.
The ‘killer clown craze’ has made its way into the German media after the terrifying trend spread from the United States.
Last week, German police reported incidents involving people dressed up as clowns, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat.
Police said the masked individual left a 19-year-old with bruises to the head and arms after attacking him.
In another incident, a 15-year-old was threatened with a knife by a clown at a bus stop in Rostock, in the country’s north.
In Greifswald, also in the country’s north, two children were approached by three clowns — one who was holding a chainsaw.
The frequency of the crimes has raised concern among officials, particularly as Halloween draws near.
This article was originally published on news.com.au