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German politician stabbed in the neck

October 17, 2015 6:15 pm

A leading candidate in Cologne’s mayoral race has been stabbed in the neck by a man claiming to be angry over the country’s refugee policies.

Henriette Reker – an independent candidate supported by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party – was seriously injured along with an aide. Three others suffered minor injuries.

Local police said Ms Reker, 58, was “stable, but not out of the woods”.

Police have arrested a 44-year-old German national and Cologne resident.

The attacker told police he stabbed Ms Reker “because of anti-foreigner motives,” senior police investigator Norbert Wagner said.

The suspect appeared to have acted alone and had no police record, Mr Wagner added.

Ralf Jager, a regional interior minister, said: “The first signs speak for a politically motivated act.”

The attacker will undergo a psychiatric examination to establish whether that was his primary motive or whether he had a health problem.