The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has been seriously injured after being stabbed on stage at the country’s biggest charity event, officials say.
Pawel Adamowicz, 53, was taken to hospital, where he is in a critical condition after five hours of surgery.
He shouted that he had been wrongfully imprisoned under the previous government of the party which had supported Mr Adamowicz’s re-election.
During a five-hour operation, the mayor was given 41 units of blood.
“He remains in a very, very serious condition, ” said Dr Stefaniak. “The coming hours will be decisive.”
What do we know about the attack?
The incident took place at the finale of the annual Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity event, which was attended by hundreds of people.
Polish media initially reported he had access to the stage using a media badge but this has not been officially confirmed.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said he was informed that “doctors succeeded in reanimating the heart of the seriously injured mayor”.
What has the reaction been?
The stabbing, during an event that raises money for children’s hospitals, has shocked Poland, the BBC’s Adam Easton in Warsaw reports.
Mr Adamowicz is a well-known political figure who has been mayor of Gdansk, a Baltic port city, for 20 years, our correspondent adds.
Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said the attack was “an act of inexplicable barbarism”.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter: “The attack on life and health of Paul Adamowicz is worthy of the highest condemnation.”
Image:People gathered in front of the hospital where the mayor is being treated