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Hamburg police shoot man with small ax ahead of Euro 2024 match

German police shot a man armed with a small ax and a firebomb near Hamburg’s Reeperbahn, the busy street at the heart of the northern port city’s nightlife.

The man was hit in the leg by an officer on Sunday afternoon and is now receiving medical treatment, a police spokesperson said.

The incident caused widespread alarm as Hamburg is one of ten German cities hosting Euro 2024 matches. Poland will face the Netherlands there on Sunday.

But a police spokesman said initial indications suggested ‘no football connection’ and that the man acted alone.

The police operation took place just a short walk from the city’s official fan zone. Police said football fans were “well protected” there and were never in danger.

Tens of thousands of Dutch supporters previously marched through the streets of the St Pauli entertainment district, where the Reeperbahn is located.

Police said the man had emerged from a café on a street next to the Reeperbahn with what was described as a pickaxe.

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According to the spokesperson, he waved the tool in a ‘threatening manner’ at police officers. He also had a Molotov cocktail with him.

The police asked him to put down the ax. When he refused after several warnings, the officers opened fire and shot him in the leg.

Police officers are on the scene.  Police shot a man armed with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg-St.  Pauli.  He was hit in the leg and is receiving medical treatment, a police spokesman said on Sunday.  Bodo brands/dpa

Police officers are on the scene. Police shot a man armed with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg-St. Pauli. He was hit in the leg and is receiving medical treatment, a police spokesman said on Sunday. Bodo brands/dpa

There is a backpack on site.  Police shot a man armed with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg-St.  Pauli.  He was hit in the leg and is receiving medical treatment, a police spokesman said on Sunday.  Bodo brands/dpaThere is a backpack on site.  Police shot a man armed with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg-St.  Pauli.  He was hit in the leg and is receiving medical treatment, a police spokesman said on Sunday.  Bodo brands/dpa

There is a backpack on site. Police shot a man armed with a pickaxe and a Molotov cocktail near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg-St. Pauli. He was hit in the leg and is receiving medical treatment, a police spokesman said on Sunday. Bodo brands/dpa

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