Pawel Adamowicz: Gdansk mayor stabbed at charity event

The mayor of the northern Polish city of Gdansk has been stabbed while on stage at a major charity event, officials say.

Pawel Adamowicz, 53, is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital.

The suspect, a 27-year-old local resident, had access to the scene using a media badge, Polish media report. He has been detained.

Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the attack was « an act of inexplicable barbarism ».

The incident took place at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event which was attended by hundreds of people.

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The suspect reportedly shouted that he had been wrongfully imprisoned.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter: « The attack on life and health of Paul Adamowicz is worthy of the highest condemnation. »

Also on Twitter, President Andrzej Duda said: « I pray for his return to health and full strength. »

Source: BBC

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