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A graduate student at Columbia University died and another man was wounded after the two were injured in stabbings in Upper Manhattan on Thursday night, the police and college officials said.

The student, Davide Giri, was walking a few blocks away from the school’s Morningside Heights campus just before 11 p.m. when he was stabbed in the abdomen. He was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital.

The police arrested a 25-old-man for the attack and said on Friday morning that charges were pending.

In a campuswide letter sent on Friday morning, Lee C. Bollinger, the university’s president, identified Mr. Giri, 30, as a student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and expressed sadness over his death.

“This news is both unspeakably sad and deeply shocking, as it took place only steps from our campus,” Mr. Bollinger wrote. “On behalf of the entire Columbia community, I send my deepest condolences to Davide’s family.”

The other man who was stabbed Thursday night, who is 27 and is not believed to be a student at Columbia, is expected to survive. He was stabbed in his torso blocks away from the initial attack near the northwest entrance to Central Park.

The police encountered the man who they arrested inside the park, and said that he was observed menacing a third person with a knife. His name had been not released on Friday morning.

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