Polish Mayor 'critical' After Stab In Heart At Fundraiser

Polish mayor 'critical' after stab in heart at fundraiser

The mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk was fighting for his life on Monday after a knife-wielding assailant stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event

Gdansk, Poland, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 14th Jan, 2019 ) :The mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk was fighting for his life on Monday after a knife-wielding assailant stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event.

Anti-violence rallies were being planned nationwide after Sunday's shock attack on Pawel Adamowicz.

The 53-year-old suffered a serious wound to the heart and cuts to his diaphragm and abdominal organs, according to surgeons who operated on him for five hours at Gdansk's university hospital.

"Mayor Adamowicz is on life support in a very critical condition, and the prognosis for his life and health is uncertain," Jerzy Karpinski, a physician with the Gdansk regional health department, told the Polish PAP news agency.

Video footage showed the attacker, who police said was wearing a press badge, bursting on to the podium and launching himself at Adamowicz, who had been waving sparklers with others on stage as the fundraiser was winding down on Sunday evening.

After knifing the mayor several times, the man turned to the crowd with his arms raised triumphantly but was quickly tackled to the ground by security guards and arrested.

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