At­tacker stabs pop­u­lar mayor

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

WAR­SAW: Doc­tors were last night fight­ing to save a Pol­ish mayor’s life af­ter a con­victed crim­i­nal with a knife rushed on to the stage at a char­ity event and stabbed him in the heart and ab­domen be­fore shout­ing that he did it for po­lit­i­cal re­venge.

Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz grabbed his belly and col­lapsed in front of the au­di­ence at a fundraiser or­gan­ised by the coun­try’s most im­por­tant char­ity.

Doc­tors re­vived Adamowicz on the spot and then trans­ported him to Med­i­cal Univer­sity of Gdansk, where he un­der­went five hours of surgery, said Dr To­masz Ste­fa­niak, one of the doc­tors treat­ing Adamowicz, said.

Al­most seven hours af­ter the as­sault, Ste­fa­niak told re­porters ‘‘the pa­tient is alive’ but the pop­u­lar mayor re­mained ‘‘in a very se­ri­ous con­di­tion’’.

Af­ter the knife at­tack, the as­sailant shouted from the stage that he had been wrongly im­pris­oned un­der a pre­vi­ous na­tional govern­ment led by Civic Plat­form, a party to which the mayor for­merly be­longed.

Po­lice said the sus­pect was a 27­year­old who had car­ried out bank rob­beries. A po­lice spokesman said the at­tacker ap­peared to have men­tal problems.

He was ar­rested. — AP


Knife at­tack . . . A man hold­ing a knife shouts on the stage just af­ter Gdansk’s Mayor Pawel Adamowicz was stabbed dur­ing an open­air 27th Grand Fi­nale of the Great Or­ches­tra of Christ­mas Char­ity in Gdansk, yes­ter­day.

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