German right-wing politician stabbed in Mannheim days after policeman killed at anti-Islam rally

A right-wing politician was stabbed in the German city of Mannheim on Tuesday night in a “shocking” attack, according to reports.

Heinrich Koch, local council candidate for Alternative for Germany (AfD) was attacked with a knife after he confronted someone pulling posters down in the city centre.

Alternative for Germany state chairman Markus Frohnmaier said the party was “shocked and dismayed” over the stabbing.

The incident comes just days after a 29-year-old police officer was killed in another stabbing during an anti-Islam demonstration in the city.

The 25-year-old knifeman, named as Sulaiman Ataee, rampaged through an anti-Islam rally held by Pax Europa on Friday last week.

The incident comes just days after a 29-year-old police officer was killed in another stabbing during an anti-Islam demonstration in the city
The incident comes just days after a 29-year-old police officer was killed in another stabbing during an anti-Islam demonstration in the city (REUTERS)

German news site Bild showed a video in which the bearded attacker is shot as he stabs a policeman in the neck from behind.

The officer was bent over and appeared to be helping another person at the time. Moments before, the video shows the attacker wrestling with a man on the ground and swinging wildly with a knife as others try to pull him off.

German interior minister Nancy Faeser said the policeman was “seriously injured” and called Islamist extremism a “great danger”.

“I would like to thank the police officers who intervened immediately and the doctors and paramedics who are fighting for the lives of the victims of this terrible crime,” said the minister.

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