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Polish mayor stabbed while on stage during a charity event

Polish mayor stabbed while on stage during a charity event

It said the mayor was seen holding his belly.

The suspected assailant, whom police did not name by time of publication, turned to the crowd after the stabbing and said he had been wrongly imprisoned under a previous national government that Adamowicz had belonged to, the AP said.

Other leaders also expressed their support for Adamowicz.

London mayor Sadiq Khan also sent his best wishes via Twitter, writing: "Shocked to hear of the attack on Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, this evening".

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Krzysztof Sierak said there are "doubts" as to the mental state of the attacker, who used a 14.5-centimeter (5.5-inch) knife on Adamowicz, and that two psychiatrists will examine him.

A man is held on the ground by security personnel after he attacked the mayor of Gdansk during a charity event.

Surgeons said he was given 41 units of blood during a five-hour operation on Sunday.

TVN footage showed Adamowicz on stage Sunday with a sparkler in hand telling the audience that it had been a "wonderful day" of the charity collecting money across Poland and overseas for cash-strapped hospitals.

"Despite all the efforts, it wasn't possible to save him", Dr. Tomasz Stefaniak of the centre told reporters on Monday afternoon.




"The fight for his life has been lost", Szumowski said.

"In my thoughts and prayer I support the Lord President and the team fighting for his health and life". He suggested the situation would become clearer within the next 20 hours. A man ran to the stage and stabbed the official, claiming revenge for an injustice.

Gdansk is one of Poland's largest cities, on the country's Baltic coast, with a population of around 570,000.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski called the attack "an act of inexplicable barbarity" as he commented on the mayor's serious condition.

Mr Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdansk, was attacked in front of hundreds of people in the city on Sunday during an event in aid of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Owsiak and some opposition politicians blamed what they described as an atmosphere of hate under the ruling Law and Justice party for the attack.

Mazurek said politicians in Poland need "greater responsibility for words, for deeds" because "there is no shortage of madmen on both sides" of the political spectrum.

Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz took a photo from the stage shortly before the incident.

Radio Gdansk reported that Mr Adamowicz was stabbed near his heart as the attacker shouted from the stage.

Poland's President, Andrzej Duda, tweeted that doctors told him they were able to restart Adamowicz's heart and "there is hope but the condition is still very hard".