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Stabbed Polish mayor dies in hospital

Stabbed Polish mayor dies in hospital

Image copyright EPA Image caption Adamowicz was attacked at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has died in hospital a day after being stabbed at a charity event.Pawel Adamowicz, 53, was attacked on stage in front of hundreds of people on Sunday.He was hospitalised for serious…

A handout photo made available by the City of Gdansk shows Mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz speaking on stage Image copyright EPA
Image caption Adamowicz was attacked at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has died in hospital a day after being stabbed at a charity event.

Pawel Adamowicz, 53, was attacked on stage in front of hundreds of people on Sunday.

He was hospitalised for serious abdominal injuries and underwent five hours of surgery.

A 27-year-old with a criminal record has been arrested over the attack. Police believe he used a media pass to gain access to the stage.

Local television footage showed the suspect, who was recently released from prison, brandishing a weapon and shouting.

He reportedly said “Adamowicz is dead” and claimed he had been tortured behind bars.

Speaking on Monday, Poland’s health minister confirmed Adamowicz had died from his injuries.

“We couldn’t win,” Lukasz Szumowski told local media.

Adamowicz was from Gdansk and had been the city’s mayor for 20 years.

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