Drama Unfolds in Mannheim: Knife Attack Thwarted During Right-Wing Rally

German police shot and wounded a man who attacked a right-wing demonstration in Mannheim. The attacker was armed with a knife and injured a participant. The incident occurred during a speech by anti-Islam activist Michael Stuerzenberger. The situation was quickly contained, and a rescue helicopter was deployed.


Reuters | Berlin | Updated: 31-05-2024 16:54 IST | Created: 31-05-2024 16:54 IST
Drama Unfolds in Mannheim: Knife Attack Thwarted During Right-Wing Rally
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German police said they shot and wounded a man who attacked a right-wing demonstration in the south-west German city of Mannheim on Friday. Police said they could not yet give details about the extent of the injuries suffered by the people gathered on the city's central Marktplatz square.

A livestream broadcast from the same location by anti-Islam activist Michael Stuerzenberger showed the 59-year-old preparing to address a small crowd. "A firearm was used against the attacker," Mannheim police said in a statement. A rescue helicopter was in attendance and trams in the area had been suspended.

Footage circulating on social media, bearing a watermark linked to his "Open Eyes" anti-Islam lobbying tour showed a bearded man attacking people on the square with a knife, one of whom suffered a deep cut to his leg. Stuerzenberger, who describes himself as an Islam-critical journalist, has been a member of several far-right anti-Islam organisations, including the PEGIDA movement that holds regular marches in cities especially in eastern Germany.

A policeman is seen on the footage shooting the attacker as he grapples on the ground with another man, whereupon he rolls in pain on the cobbles. There was no immediate danger to the public, police said in a statement.

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