Germany: Man wielding ax in Hamburg shot by police

World Sunday 16/June/2024 16:32 PM
By: DW
Germany: Man wielding ax in Hamburg shot by police

Hamburg: Police in the northern German city of Hamburg on Sunday shot a man who attempted to attack passersby with a pickaxe, authorities said.

The disturbance took place in the downtown St Pauli district of the city, near where 40,000 Dutch fans were marching, ahead of the Euro 2024 soccer match against Poland later.

Police said the man had come out of a pub with the axe in his hand and was waving it at officers in a "threatening manner."

"According to current knowledge, there is no football connection," a police spokesperson told DPA news agency.

Police said the man was also carrying an incendiary device, probably some kind of Molotov cocktail.

The media reports said police used pepper spray against the attacker before deploying a firearm.

One officer fired a warning shot before several other shots were fired and the man fell to the ground, local media reported.

The man is being treated for his injuries, police wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Security has already been tightened ahead of Sunday's soccer match with hundreds of Hamburg and federal police officers deployed.

Germany is hosting the month-long Euro 2024 tournament that began on Friday night.

On Friday, police in eastern Germany shot dead a man who went on the rampage, stabbing one man to death, before gatecrashing a house party for the championship's opening match. There he stabbed three other people, two seriously.

Police said on Sunday that the motive for that attack was still unclear.