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A German critic of Islam stabbed himself in the face at a rally that was streamed live on YouTube, calling it an «absolute nightmare» – as he warns the rampage was «an attack against our free democratic state».


An anti-Islam campaigner who was stabbed at a far-right rally in Germany has described the rampage as an «absolute nightmare» – as he warned the attack was «an attack against our free democratic state».

Michael Stuerzenberger, a well-known German critic of Islam, a police officer and four others were injured in a frenzied attack in Mannheim on Friday.

Mr Stuerzenberger, who was seen preparing to address a small crowd on live stream earlier in the morning, was taken to hospital before undergoing successful surgery for stab wounds to his face.

A 25-year-old man from Afghanistan who was shot and wounded by police has been released from hospital and remanded in custody on suspicion of attempted murder.

Mr. Stuerzenberger spoke for the first time from his hospital bed to BILD: “It was like an apocalypse. He was stabbing me even though I was lying on the floor trying to kick him away. It really was a nightmare.”

He added: “Every attack is an attack against us all, against our free democratic state and those who ensure our security. Whoever attacks a policeman attacks us all.’

Anti-Muslim campaigner Michael Stuerzenberger (pictured) spoke from his hospital bed after he was stabbed at an anti-Islam rally in Germany.

The attacker was seen holding a blade several inches long as he carried out the terrifying rampage

The attacker was seen holding a blade several inches long as he carried out the terrifying rampage

Mr. Stuerzenberger is seen live on YouTube before the attack took place

Mr. Stuerzenberger is seen live on YouTube before the attack took place

Mr Stuerzenberger posted this picture yesterday from his hospital bed after being stabbed

Mr Stuerzenberger posted this picture yesterday from his hospital bed after being stabbed

The consequences of the stabbing can be seen in the German city of Mannheim

The consequences of the stabbing can be seen in the German city of Mannheim

Describing the attack, he said: “We were about to start the action when he suddenly came at us like a hurricane, stabbing one by one. It was crazy. I think even the police were surprised.’

He explained: ‘He stabbed me in the thigh which was immediately contained by someone. One stab wound above the knee, it could have been worse. Another on the side of my chest, my upper arm is injured and three stab wounds to my head. I had a cut upper lip and a deep cut in my jaw.’

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«I’m keeping my fingers crossed (for the police officer) and I hope everything goes well,» he added.

Yesterday, the 59-year-old posted a photo of himself from his hospital bed on his Telegram channel, showing a long, bandaged wound on his upper lip and cheek.

In a separate interview with Deutschland-Kurier, he said: “I am fine under the circumstances. I’m glad for everyone involved that yesterday went somewhat smoothly. Death could occur. It was really bad what the Afghan had done with his knife.

“I saw parts of the videos and the double stabbing of the police officer in the neck. I hope his life is no longer in danger. It was clearly attempted murder. Seven or eight stab wounds for me, one near the lung, a little closer and that would be it.’

He added: “He definitely had (combat experience) if you look at the footage.

“It was a lightning strike, so fast that I obviously got really deep cuts, you can see from the side of my jaw.

It was around 11.35am local time on Friday when chaos erupted when a man dressed in a dark hooded jacket, green shirt and sweatpants swung a knife and injured six people, including Mr Stuerzenberger, who was knocked to the ground and stabbed. face and leg.

The other victims were five men aged 25, 36, 42 and 54.

The police arrived almost immediately and one officer jumped to one of the victims.

There was confusion as to why the officer jumped on the victim, but this gave the aggressor a chance to stab the officer in the back of the neck.

His colleagues were heard shouting ‘drop the knife!’ However, when the knife did not respond, the officers opened fire at close range.

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A subsequent video of the incident shows a scuffle of people involved in the strike next to signs promoting an anti-Israel protest.

The group can be seen knocking each other to the ground while one man in a blue coat takes several swipes at another person on the floor.

The row began when a man dressed in a dark hooded jacket and tracksuit (seen centre-right) tackled a BPE member to the ground and began swinging a large blade violently at him.

The row began when a man dressed in a dark hooded jacket and tracksuit (seen centre-right) tackled a BPE member to the ground and began swinging a large blade violently at him.

A man believed to be Stuerzenberger (right) collapses to the ground after the initial attack as other BPE members push the knives away.

A man believed to be Stuerzenberger (right) collapses to the ground after the initial attack as other BPE members push the knives away.

During the attack, bystanders tried to pull the knives away.  One of his victims is seen with wounds to his thigh

During the attack, bystanders tried to pull the knives away. One of his victims is seen with wounds to his thigh

The wild blade is clearly visible in this YouTube live stream footage as the attack stabs the officer in the neck

The wild blade is clearly visible in this YouTube live stream footage as the attack stabs the officer in the neck

Other footage captured the moment German police tackled a man to the ground after mistaking him for an attacker during a horror stabbing spree in Mannheim, Germany.

Other footage captured the moment German police tackled a man to the ground after mistaking him for the attacker during the horror rampage in Mannheim, Germany.

Policemen could be seen pouncing on the man
Policemen could be seen pouncing on the man

Officers were seen pouncing on the man and pulling him to the floor after seeing him swinging his fists at another man on the ground.

After a series of arm strikes, at least two police officers are seen lunging towards the man, who dons a light-colored coat, until he is tackled to the ground.

Officers were apparently tackling the man, believing him to be the attacker, when they saw him beating another individual who was already on the floor.

The attack was streamed live on YouTube.

Mr. Stuerzenberger was a member of several far-right organizations, including the PEGIDA movement, which organizes regular marches in German cities.

A German court has remanded a 25-year-old man born in Afghanistan on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with a knife attack.

Officials have not released any information about a motive for Friday’s attack in Mannheim’s central square.

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A statement from police and prosecutors said the suspect had lived in Germany since 2014, was married and had two children.

Residents in Mannheim city center were seen visibly upset as they laid flowers and lit candles

Residents in Mannheim city center were seen visibly upset as they laid flowers and lit candles

“It’s definitely scary, this is our way home. We walk past (the market) every day and we will think about what happened here and that it could happen again every day,» 22-year-old student Emilia, who came to lay a bouquet at the site, told MailOnline.

Local residents in Mannheim were shocked by the frenzied attack and came to the market square to lay flowers and light candles for the victims.

Local residents in Mannheim were shocked by the frenzied attack and came to the market square to lay flowers and light candles for the victims.

Leo, 21, who also brought flowers to pay his respects to the victims, added:

Leo, 21, who also brought flowers to pay his respects to the victims, added: «To see something like this happen in a place where we spend a lot of time alone and to know it could have been a boyfriend, my girlfriend or when I he was standing there, that obviously really shocked me.

His flat in Heppenheim was searched on Friday evening and police found digital devices and their contents are being assessed.

Officials said the suspect, who was shot and wounded by police, is in the hospital and in no condition to be interviewed. They said he had no previous police record.

They did not release the suspect’s citizenship, immigration status or how he got to Germany.

The Pax Europa group describes itself as an organization that informs the public about the dangers posed by the «growing spread and influence of political Islam».

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser described Islamist extremism as a «great danger».

«I would like to thank the police officers who intervened immediately and the doctors and paramedics who are fighting for the lives of the victims of this terrible crime,» the minister said.



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