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Polish mayor stabbed at Gdansk fundraiser

AFP  |  Warsaw 

A knife-wielding assailant on Sunday stabbed the of the Polish port city of in front of hundreds of people at a charity event, police and media said.

Paramedics resuscitated Pawel Adamowicz, 53, at the scene before taking him to hospital.

A doctor working for the regional authorities, Jerzy Karpinski, described the mayor's condition as "very serious".

A video recording of the attack posted on showed the attacker bursting onto the podium.

After knifing the mayor, he seized the microphone and claimed to have been wrongly jailed by the previous centrist government of the (PO) and tortured.

"That's why Adamowicz dies," the attacker said.

The had supported Adamowicz's re-election in 2018

Adamowicz later underwent surgery, deputy Piotry Grzelak, was quoted as saying by the agency.

The attack took place on the podium at a for the purchase of medical equipment.

The attacker was quickly apprehended by security guards and arrested by police.

A police said the detained man was a 27-year-old who lived in the city EU Donald Tusk, Poland's and immediately expressed their concern and support for Adamowicz.

"The attack on the life and health of the of must be firmly condemned," Morawiecki said on

"Despite differences in political opinion, I am unconditionally with him and his relatives.... I pray for his health and recovery," Duda added on

condemned the attack as "an incomprehensible act of barbarism".

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 03:50 IST