Knife attack on German mayor likely politically motivated, police say
A police officer, armed with a submachine gun, walks over the grounds of the Christmas market in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (Boris Roessler/dpa)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:44AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:04AM EST
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed shock at a knife attack on a politician in western Germany that authorities say likely was politically motivated.
The chancellor said Tuesday she was relieved Andreas Hollstein, the mayor of Altena and a member of Merkel's conservative party, was back home with his family after the attack Monday night.
Hollstein became known nationally for his welcoming policies toward asylum seekers.
Local media reported an allegedly drunk German man asked Hollstein at a kebab restaurant in Altena if he was the mayor and then stabbed him. Hollstein was taken to the hospital but released late Tuesday.
Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state where Altena is located, said "the security agencies assume the attack has a political background."