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German far-right leader injured after being beaten in 'assassination attempt'
By Mark Hodge
8th January 2019, 12:04 am
Updated: 8th January 2019, 11:55 am
A FAR-right German politician has been brutally attacked in an “attempted assassination".
Frank Magnitz, chairman of Germany’s AfD party, was left with a gaping wound in his head after he was reportedly knocked unconscious by three attackers on Monday.
He is believed to have been ambushed after leaving a New Year's party in Frankfurt's Goethe Square.
Gruesome images posited on the AfD Bremen Facebook page show the politician lying on a hospital bed with blood pouring from a large wound on his head.
The party has described the assault as a “politically-motivated attempted assassination".
Magnitz was beaten around the head with a piece of wood and was knocked out cold by the three men, the AfD said.
The party chairman was saved by a builder who broke up the attack and chased off the suspects.
German police have yet to arrest the three alleged attackers, according to reports.
Magnitz remains in hospital in a serious condition, according to a AfD spokesman.
They said: "Today is a black day for democracy in Germany."
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has led condemnations of the assault with her spokesman saying on Twitter the "brutal attack" was to be "condemned sharply".
And Johannes Kahrs, from the Social Democrats, added that "violence is never acceptable" and "extremism in any form is rubbish" as he wished Magnitz a quick recovery.
An AfD office in Saxony was damaged by an explosive device left in a bin and three people were detained.
The party was founded in April 2013 ahead of that year’s federal elections in September.
Starting as an anti-euro party, the AfD was a reaction to the European debt crisis, which had seen Germany bailout some of the EU’s struggling economies.
Their first manifesto called for less centralised powers in Brussels and the scrapping of the Euro currency.
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