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Police shoot man with hammer ahead of Euro 2024 match

NONSTOPNEWS/VIA REUTERS Screen capture of the moment a man was shot with an ax by police officers in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, before the Euro 2024 match between Poland and the Netherlands in Hamburg, Germany.

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Screen capture of the moment a man was shot with an ax by police officers in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, before the Euro 2024 match between Poland and the Netherlands in Hamburg, Germany.

FRANKFURT >> German police shot at a man who threatened officers with a sledgehammer and an incendiary weapon on Sunday on the sidelines of a football fan parade for the 2024 European Championship in central Hamburg, police said.

The attacker suffered injuries to his leg and received medical care, but his condition is not life-threatening, a police spokesman said.

β€œHe apparently tried to set fire to this Molotov cocktail and then approached several people, including police officers, and the police officers then had to use their firearms,” said Hamburg police spokesperson Sandra Levgruen.

The man is a 39-year-old German and may have been acting in a state of mental excitement when he emerged from a snack bar brandishing weapons, police said in a press release. The police investigation is ongoing.

There was no evidence the man had any connection to the football tournament, Levgruen said, while the motive for his attack was not clear.

“We assume that this is an isolated case, that is, it has nothing to do with football… I don’t see any threat at all or any impact on today’s game,” Levgruen said.

The incident took place in the city’s St. Pauli district, ahead of the afternoon match between Poland and the Netherlands at Hamburg’s Volkspark Stadium, which started on schedule.

Fan marches have been planned ahead of the Euro 2024 matches, and the parade for Dutch supporters was coming to an end around the time of the incident. Fans were led away from the area by police towards the stadium.

Germany is hosting the month-long tournament, which started on Friday evening.