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Multiple arrests after deadly Zillmere fight

Police have made multiple arrests, and could make more, over a violent brawl between two groups in Brisbane’s north which left one man dad, three critically injured, and several more in hospital. Girum Mekonnen, 19, died at O’Callaghan Park in Zillmere on Sunday, after he and a group of his friends were attacked by another…

Police have made multiple arrests, and could make more, over a violent brawl between two groups in Brisbane’s north which left one man dad, three critically injured, and several more in hospital.

Girum Mekonnen, 19, died at O’Callaghan Park in Zillmere on Sunday, after he and a group of his friends were attacked by another group of youths allegedly armed with knives and baseball bats.

The Courier Mail is reporting seven people have been charged, and a Queensland Police spokesman told NCA NewsWire further arrests could be made later today.

“Investigations are ongoing,” the spokesman said.

Police have been investigating whether the bloody attack was revenge for an attack in Brisbane’s southwest in the week prior, which saw one man of African descent hospitalised after he was set upon by a group of people of African descent outside a supermarket.

The attack on Sunday had police on edge, with Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming saying he feared further violence.

“I do hold some concerns the attacks may have been retribution for an attack on September 8 at Redbank Plains, that’s unconfirmed at this stage, but what happened there was a group of people of African descent set upon a man of African descent who suffered significant injuries,” he said on Monday.

Supt Fleming initially said many of those allegedly involved in the incident were not co-operating with police.

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