Poland mayor in very serious condition after being stabbed on stage

Gdansk's Mayor Pawel Adamowicz speaks with people as he collects money for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Gdansk Poland

The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk has been seriously hurt after being stabbed on stage at the country's biggest charity event, officials say.

The horrific incident took place at an annual charity event collecting money for Polish medical facilities.

TVN24 says a suspect was detained.

Pawel Adamowicz, 53, had to be resuscitated after the attack and is in a critical condition in hospital.

Videos posted on social media appear to show the moments after the shocking attack.

According to Wyborcza, the attacker had grabbed a microphone and told the crowd that he was held in prison despite his innocence.

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Radio Gdansk reported that Adamowicz was stabbed in the area of his heart, but did not cite its source.

She said there was no immediate word about the mayor's condition at the hospital.

President Andrzej Duda said that while he and the mayor have had political differences, "today I am unconditionally with him and his loved ones, just as - I hope - all of us compatriots are".

Mr Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk, one of Poland's largest cities, since 1998.

Interior minister Joachim Brudzinski wrote online that the attack had been an act of "inexcusable barbarity". "I pray for his return to health and full strength". "Pawel, we are with you".

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