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Online flirting leads to fatal stabbing

A 17-year-old Albanian youth was stabbed to death on the Ionian island of Corfu on Wednesday. The victim had arranged to meet with his alleged attacker, a 20-year-old compatriot, at Corfu town?s central square to settle a dispute regarding the younger man?s alleged flirtation with the perpetrator?s girlfriend on the social networking website Facebook.

According to witness reports, the young men were accompanied by another two youths and the young woman in question. A verbal confrontation was followed by a scuffle, which ended in the 20-year-old attacking the victim with a knife before fleeing the crime scene.

The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries. Meanwhile, the island?s port authorities were on a high alert Thursday to prevent the alleged attacker from fleeing the country.