Euro 2024: Hamburg police fire shots at axe-wielding person at fan parade

The incident comes hours before the German city staging a Euro 2024 match between Netherlands and Poland.

Police officers guard a cordoned off area on Silbersackstrasse after an alleged attacker was shot down by police officers in the St Pauli district of Hamburg, Germany [Axel Schmidt/Reuters]Published On 16 Jun 202416 Jun 2024

The German police have fired shots at a person who allegedly threatened officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device on the sidelines of a Euro 2024 football fan parade in central Hamburg, according to a police post on social media platform X.

A major police operation was under way and the suspect was receiving medical care for injuries, the post on Sunday added.

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The incident occurred in the St Pauli district of the city as Poland and the Netherlands prepared to play against each other in Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion at 3pm (13:00 GMT) on Sunday.

Fan marches were scheduled before the games, and a parade for Dutch supporters was held at 12:30pm (10:30 GMT), around the time of the incident.

Germany is hosting the monthlong tournament that began on June 14.

Source: News Agencies