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Police cordon off an area near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, hours before the city hosts a match in the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. Alamy Stock Photo

Man wielding pickaxe shot by police in Hamburg hours before city hosts Euros match

It’s believed to have taken place near a designated fan zone set up for today’s Euros football game featuring Netherlands and Poland.


A MAN WIELDING a “pickaxe and an incendiary device” has been shot by German police in Hamburg.

The man is receiving medical treatment following the incident.

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.

It’s believed it took place place near a designated fan zone as the city hosts a match in the Euro 2024 soccer tournament featuring Netherlands and Poland.

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.

Earlier, in a statement published on its social media, Hamburg police said there had been a “major police operation” as a result of the incident.

The statement said that based on initial findings, the man had “threatened police officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device” before he was shot.

“The police then used their firearms. The attacker was injured and is currently receiving medical treatment,” the statement said.

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