Germany: Altena's pro-migrant mayor stabbed in kebab shop

The conservative mayor of the western German town of Altena has been stabbed inside a kebab shop in an attack described by authorities as "politically motivated." Altena is known for welcoming refugees.
Andreas Hollstein (picture-alliance/dpa/B. Thissen)
The conservative mayor of Altena in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia was rushed to hospital Monday evening after being slashed with a knife in a local kebab shop.
Andreas Hollstein, a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has since left the hospital, according to local media outlets. He reportedly suffered minor injuries to his throat.
"I'm happy to still be alive," the 57-year-old said in comments to the news website Lokalstimme. A man who came to Hollstein's aid was also reportedly injured.

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North Rhine-Westphalia's CDU state premier, Armin Laschet, has described the assault as politically motivated.
"Authorities are proceeding on the assumption that there was a political motive to the attack," he said.
The suspect, who according to German news site WAZ was drunk, had asked Hollstein whether he was the mayor before striking him. Laschet also said the suspect had made comments related to migration policies.

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Under Hollstein, Altena has accepted more refugees than required by a national quota. That distinction attracted widespread attention in Germany after a recent influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa sparked a national debate on immigration and integration.
The attack against Hollstein comes two years after a right-wing extremist stabbed the mayor of the nearby city of Cologne. Henriette Reker, an independent, recovered after sustaining life-threatening injuries.
Speaking on Monday evening, Laschet denounced attacks against public officials and condemned right-wing extremism in his state. "There is no place for hate and violence in North Rhine-Westphalia. Diversity is a hallmark of our state."
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