June 16, 2024

Man threatens police with axe ahead of Hamburg Euros match

Man threatens police with axe ahead of Hamburg Euros match

Policemen secure an area close to the Reeperbahn street and entertainment district in Hamburg, northern Germany, following a police intervention on June 16, 2024, hours before the kick off for the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Poland and the Netherlands. – Police said that they had shot and wounded a man who was threatening to attack policemen with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail. However, “there is no evidence of any connection with soccer” and the match scheduled for the afternoon, a police spokesman told AFP. (Photo by Steven Hutchings / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT / GERMANY OUT

Police shot and injured a man who threatened them with an axe and a Molotov cocktail ahead of a Euro 2024 match in Hamburg on Sunday, German authorities said.

The incident triggered a “major operation” in the city’s St Pauli district, police said on X, formerly Twitter.

“The attacker was injured and is currently receiving medical treatment,” they added.

According to a police spokesman, there was no indication that the incident was linked to the Euro 2024 clash between Poland and the Netherlands taking place later on Sunday.

The attacker “came out of a pub with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail and threatened the police”, the spokesman said, adding that the suspect was shot in the leg.

The incident took place near the Reeperbahn station, more than a kilometre away from the city’s official fan zone.

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