German police officer dies of wounds suffered in knife attack in square

The knifeman went on a rampage during a live You Tube stream.
-Credit: (Image: You Tube)

A German police officer has tragically died following a brutal knife attack in Mannheim's central square, which also left five others injured, officials announced on Sunday.

The 29-year-old officer was viciously stabbed in the head and neck by a 25-year-old man from Afghanistan and had to undergo emergency surgery after the assault on Friday, according to official statements.

Despite being placed in an induced coma, the officer succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his sorrow on X, formerly known as Twitter, stating he was "deeply grieved" and the fallen officer's "commitment to the safety of us all deserves the highest recognition".

In a poignant tribute, two dozen of the officer's colleagues gathered at the scene of the crime on Sunday, solemnly removing their hats in his honour.

The assailant was shot and injured by another police officer during the incident. He is currently in hospital and a judge has ordered his detention on suspicion of attempted murder.

Authorities, including the police and prosecutors, have yet to determine a motive for the attack, noting that the suspect is not yet fit to be interrogated.

The stabbing occurred amidst an event hosted by Pax Europa, an organisation that warns of the perceived threats of the "increasing spread and influence of political Islam".

Michael Sturzenberger, a 59-year-old activist known for his opposition to Islamism and a prominent member of Pax Europa, was among those injured in the attack.

The other victims were four men aged 25, 36, 42 and 54. The 54 year old man suffered injuries that were initially life-threatening, but he is now out of danger.

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