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Germany: 'I feared for my life' - Altena Mayor speaks for the first time after knife attack01:58

Germany: 'I feared for my life' - Altena Mayor speaks for the first time after knife attack

Germany, Altena
November 28, 2017 at 22:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Altena Mayor Andreas Hollstein appeared for the first time at a police press conference in Hagen, Tuesday, after being stabbed in a "xenophobic" politically-motivated attack due to his policies towards immigrant one day prior.

Hollstein stated that the attacker pulled out a knife as he said: "You let me die of thirst and bring 200 refugees to Altena." The mayor then added that he feared for his life.

The 56-year-old mayor of Altena Andreas Hollstein was stabbed in the neck on Monday night reportedly for his "liberal refugee policies." The 56-year old attacker, is an alleged Neo-Nazi, who was reportedly drunk and yielded a 20 centimetre-long (8 inches) knife.

"I saw the mayor being held with a knife here. My son grabbed the attacker and I went to get the knife but he was a really strong man. It was not was not easy to get the knife and he injured me between my fingers," explained the kebab shop owner who saved the mayor from the attack.

In May, Altena won a national award for integrating migrants into apartment buildings instead of migrant reception centres.

Germany: 'I feared for my life' - Altena Mayor speaks for the first time after knife attack01:58
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Altena Mayor Andreas Hollstein appeared for the first time at a police press conference in Hagen, Tuesday, after being stabbed in a "xenophobic" politically-motivated attack due to his policies towards immigrant one day prior.

Hollstein stated that the attacker pulled out a knife as he said: "You let me die of thirst and bring 200 refugees to Altena." The mayor then added that he feared for his life.

The 56-year-old mayor of Altena Andreas Hollstein was stabbed in the neck on Monday night reportedly for his "liberal refugee policies." The 56-year old attacker, is an alleged Neo-Nazi, who was reportedly drunk and yielded a 20 centimetre-long (8 inches) knife.

"I saw the mayor being held with a knife here. My son grabbed the attacker and I went to get the knife but he was a really strong man. It was not was not easy to get the knife and he injured me between my fingers," explained the kebab shop owner who saved the mayor from the attack.

In May, Altena won a national award for integrating migrants into apartment buildings instead of migrant reception centres.

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