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Police neutralize man armed with pickaxe before Euro game in Hamburg

Police neutralize man armed with pickaxe before Euro game in Hamburg

Police in Hamburg, Germany, said on Sunday they had shot and injured a man who threatened to attack authorities with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail in the city where a European Championship match was to be played.

However, “there is no element that indicates any connection with football” and the game between the Netherlands and Poland, with the Dutch winning 2-1, a local police spokesman, Thilo Marxsen, told AFP.

For a reason still unknown, “the attacker left a cafe and threatened police officers”, he added. Security forces ended up shooting and “wounding him in the leg”, the spokesperson added.

Hamburg is one of the cities where the Euro-2024 games are played. A large police device was sent to the city before this Sunday’s game.

The attack took place near the Reeperbahn tourist avenue, just over a kilometer from the ‘fanzone’ set up by the authorities.

Security forces stated on the social network X that, after being injured, the attacker was taken to a hospital.


Source: Gazetaesportiva

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