Gdansk attack: Polish mayor stabbed on stage during major charity event


The mayor of Gdańsk in northern Poland was stabbed and seriously injured during a charity event in the port city on Sunday, according to media reports.

Doctors operated for five hours on Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was stabbed Sunday by an ex-convict who rushed onto the stage with a knife, carried out the attack and shouted it was political revenge against a political party Adamowicz had belonged to.

The assailant raised his arms triumphantly to the crowd after the attack, before being tackled and arrested by security guards. The official was taken to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Radio Gdansk said Adamowicz was stabbed in the area of his heart, but did not cite its source, while Rzeczpospolita described the mayor's condition as "critical", citing unidentified sources.

"The coming hours will be decisive", he added. He also grabbed the microphone and claimed that he committed the attack because he had been previously "wrongly accused" and had served his time in jail. "That's why Adamowicz just died".

One eyewitness told broadcaster TVN that the man appeared "happy with what he had done".

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He shouted that he had been wrongfully imprisoned under the previous government of the party which had supported Mr Adamowicz's re-election.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said he was informed "doctors succeeded in reanimating the heart of the seriously injured Mayor Pawel Adamowicz and there is hope, but his condition is very hard".

"Despite our political differences, I stand without question in solidarity with him and those close to him... I pray for his return to health and full strength".

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"Now we have to establish how was it obtained, was the accreditation in his name and was he really entitled to be there at that time?"

Interior minister Joachim Brudzinski wrote online that the attack had been an act of "inexcusable barbarity".