New Delhi -°C
Today in New Delhi, India

Aug 24, 2019-Saturday
-°C

Humidity
-

Wind
-

Select city

Metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Other cities - Noida, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal , Chandigarh , Dehradun, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi

Sunday, Aug 25, 2019

German pro-refugee mayor injured in knife attack

Andreas Hollstein, the mayor of the western town of Altena, was attacked on Monday evening at a local kebab restaurant by a man who criticised his liberal refugee policy.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2017 19:07 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
This file photo taken on May 17, 2017 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) posing with Altena's mayor Andreas Hollstein (left) and other winners of the national integration award at the Chancellery in Berlin. A knife attacker injured Hollstein in an assault which officials said appeared motivated by the municipal leader's pro-refugee stance.
This file photo taken on May 17, 2017 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) posing with Altena's mayor Andreas Hollstein (left) and other winners of the national integration award at the Chancellery in Berlin. A knife attacker injured Hollstein in an assault which officials said appeared motivated by the municipal leader's pro-refugee stance.(AFP)
         

A knife attacker injured a German town mayor in an assault which officials on Tuesday said appeared motivated by the municipal leader’s pro-refugee stance.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was “horrified by the knife attack”, her spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter.

Andreas Hollstein, 57, the mayor of the western town of Altena, was attacked on Monday evening at a local kebab restaurant by a man who had loudly criticised his liberal refugee policy.

The 56-year-old attacker, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, used a 30-centimetre (one-foot) long knife, reported Spiegel Online. He was arrested at the scene.

The town of about 17,000 people was well known for taking in a larger share of asylum seekers than required amid the mass influx that has brought more than one million migrants and refugees to Germany since 2015.

The state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, said security services assumed the attack was “politically motivated”.

Hollstein was taken to a local hospital and, after treatment, released hours later.

He thanked a restaurant employee who rushed to his help and who was also injured.

“I had some hands-on people at my side and I’m glad that I’m still alive,” Hollstein told a local news website.

Local media reported the attacker had asked Hollstein “are you the mayor?” before slashing him.

Justice minister Heiko Maas tweeted that “we must never accept that people are attacked because they help others”, adding there was no space “for hate and violence” in Germany.

The assault evoked a knife attack on Cologne’s mayor Henriette Reker in October 2015 by a right-wing extremist who was angered at her welcoming stance toward refugees.

First Published: Nov 28, 2017 15:57 IST

more from world