BREAKING: Polish city of Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz stabbed on stage

Polish city of Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz was stabbed Monday by a knife-wielding attacker on stage during a charity event and in front of hundreds of people. He is seriously injured and fighting for life after five hours of surgery in hospital.

University Clinical Centre director of health Dr Tomasz Stefaniak said the 53-year-old has suffered serious abdominal injuries and 41 units of blood were used in the operation.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said he has been informed about the attack and doctors have successfully reanimated Adamowicz’s heart.

Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said it was an act of inexplicable barbarism.

Duda called people to pray for the mayor tweeting condition of Adamowicz is difficult.

TV footage showed the suspect burst onto the podium and launched himself at the mayor. He shouted “Adamowicz is dead” and claimed was tortured in prison.

According to Polish media the 27-year-old assailant may had granted access to the stage using media badge.

A Gdansk police spokesperson said the attacker lived in the port city.

Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk for about twenty years. He is a well-known political figure and former member of Poland’s main opposition Civic Platform party. He supported rights for minorities and has a liberal voice.

Paul Linus