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Police shoot man with axe before Germany’s Euro 2024 match


A man armed with an axe was shot dead by police on a street packed with fans in Hamburg, Germany, hours before the European football championship was set to begin on Sunday.

A police spokesman said on Sunday that the man threatened police with a “pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail.” Police confirmed that the man was shot and killed by police and is currently receiving treatment for his injuries.

The incident took place in Hamburg’s entertainment district, an area known as the Reeperbahn, which is full of restaurants and bars and was packed with thousands of Dutch fans who had come to watch the Netherlands play Poland on Sunday afternoon.

A Hamburg police spokesman said the man emerged from a diner with a double-edged axe and a Molotov cocktail and threatened nearby police officers.

Police initially used pepper spray and fired warning shots in the air before shooting and killing the attacker, according to German journalist Henning Hünerbein, who was filming outside the restaurant.

Police said the man was injured but could not provide further details on his condition. He was put in an ambulance and taken away after the shooting. No fans or police were injured.

The shooting took place just a 10-minute walk from the city’s official fan zone, which was packed with thousands of fans. It happened on the third day of the month-long World Cup, a four-year tournament that brings together 24 of the continent’s best teams.

Poland’s match against the Netherlands was one of three games on Sunday at the Volksparkstadion, which has a capacity of around 57,000 spectators.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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