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Police officer stabbed during attack at far-right rally dies

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Police officer stabbed during attack at far-right rally dies

A police officer who was stabbed during an attack at a far-right rally in Germany has died.

The 29-year-old was one of six people who suffered serious injuries in the central square of Mannheim on Friday.

He was placed in an artificial coma but died on Sunday, officials said.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz posted on X, formerly Twitter, that he was “deeply grieved” and said the officer’s “commitment to the safety of us all deserves the highest recognition”.

The officer was stabbed several times in the head and neck.

A 25-year-old suspect from Afghanistan was shot and wounded at the scene.

He remains in hospital and a judge has ordered he be held on suspicion of attempted murder.

German police officers commemorate a colleague in Mannheim Germany, after learning that a police officer, who was stabbed two days ago there has died on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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Police officers pay tribute to their colleague in Mannheim on Sunday. Pic: AP

Police and prosecutors have not publicly suggested any possible motive for the attack.

However, it happened during an event organised by German far-right group Pax Europa.

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Anti-Islam activist Michael Sturzenberger, 59, who is one of the group’s leading figures, was among those wounded.

The other victims were four men aged 25, 36, 42 and 54.

The 54-year-old man suffered injuries that were initially thought to be life-threatening, but he is now expected to survive.

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