“I am very grateful to god”

Altena's mayor Andres Hollstein had been attacked with a knife in a snack bar and slightly injured in the neck. He was given life for the third time, he said, having already survived a bout with cancer.

The mayor of the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Altena, Andreas Hollstein (CDU), who survived a knife attack on Monday, has expressed gratitude for encouragement. He had received "lots of moral support," Hollstein told the "Passauer Neue Presse" (Wednesday). He added that he considers surviving a serious cancer illness as his second birthday.

The "third birthday"

"On Monday night, I got the gift of life for the third time. I am very grateful to God for this." Hollstein had been injured by a knife in the neck by a 56-year-old on Monday evening. The man allegedly said, "You're turning off my water, it's your fault I can't get anything to drink. I'll stab you". The public prosecutor's office is investigating for attempted murder.

Altena, in the Sauerland region of Germany, became known nationwide because it had taken in more refugees than required by the distribution key. The 18.City of 000 inhabitants tries to accommodate refugees in a decentralized manner. In addition, so-called "caretakers" look after the refugee families in their daily lives. For this, the city received in May from the hand of Merkel the with 10.000 euro National Integration Prize endowed. The mayor is also involved in the campaign "Show your face" and was involved in the creation of the book "My fight against the right".

Arrest warrant for attempted murder

The suspect in the knife attack has not yet testified. "He is being represented by a lawyer and has not made any statement so far," a spokesman for the police in Hagen said Wednesday morning. Against the 56-year-old man had been ied on Tuesday warrant for attempted murder.

Hollstein had been attacked with a knife and slightly injured in the neck on Monday evening in a snack bar in the small Sauerland town. He suffered a cut about five centimeters long, according to police. The attack has a xenophobic motive, according to the prosecutor's office. The CDU politician is known for his commitment to refugees. Hollstein feels sorry for the perpetrator in his own words. "He messed up his life," he told the online edition of the "Passauer Neue Presse" newspaper.

Probably a spontaneous act

According to initial findings, investigators ame that the unemployed bricklayer committed a spontaneous act. He was drunk, he said, and only noticed in the kebab grill that the other customer was the mayor. Evidence that the attacker had links to the organized right-wing scene has not been found so far, the prosecutor's office said. The 56-year-old is now to be questioned and psychiatrically examined.

Like this post? Please share to your friends:
Leave a Reply

;-) :| :x :twisted: :smile: :shock: :sad: :roll: :razz: :oops: :o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :grin: :evil: :cry: :cool: :arrow: :???: :?: :!: