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Chilean Lucky to Be Alive after Attack in Reykjavík

Chilean citizen Miguel Angel Sepulveda Roman was attacked on the corner of Ingólfsstraeti and Hverfisgata in downtown Reykjavík on August 1. He was stabbed in his side and suffered bleeding to his lung. He says he is lucky to be alive.

“The knife almost penetrated my lung. I don’t know what would have happened if it had gone all the way. I also got cuts on my arm,” Roman told Morgunbladid. He lost almost one liter of blood.

Two men were arrested following the attack and were sentenced to custody. A few days later a third suspect was arrested in relation to this case. One suspect has been released but the other two will remain in custody until tomorrow.

Roman told Fréttabladid that he doesn’t remember the attack well or what had caused it. “But I’m certain that I was not provoking them. I have never done that and I wasn’t drunk either. I began talking to a group of boys on Laugavegur. When things heated up I ran down Ingólfsstraeti. They caught me at the crossing and attacked me.”

“I don’t know why they did it,” Roman said. “I doubt that people do such things because they dislike foreigners. I wouldn’t say that Icelanders are racists. I do, however, believe that there are men who go looking for fights when they are under the influence of drugs and then foreigners are easier targets since they don’t have a network of contacts as big as the natives have.”

After the attack Roman ran to the nearby café Kaffi Kúltúra where his friend called an ambulance and tended to his injuries. Roman said his friend had saved his life.

Roman is recovering but his arm is limp. “We’ll just have to see whether I will reclaim my former strength through rehabilitation or whether I will have to live with this for the rest of my life.”

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