Attacker stabs popular mayor
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.