A 23-year-old was critically injured by a group of unknown people near Recklinghausen. The police are hoping for witnesses.

A young man was critically injured by several attackers in the city park in Oer-Erkenschwick on Friday. A witness alerted the police, who found the 23-year-old with several serious injuries to his upper body, the police reported on Saturday. They were probably inflicted on him with a “dangerous tool”.

A spokeswoman said that no precise information was initially given about the murder weapon. The perpetrators are said to have been several men; their identities were still unclear a day after the violent act.

The police are looking for witnesses who may have observed something unusual or who can provide information about the perpetrators. Witnesses can contact the police on 0800 2361 111.