Racism behind Cologne stabbing

2015-10-17 16:44
Independent candidate for the mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker. (AP)

Independent candidate for the mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker. (AP)

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Düsseldorf - German detectives investigating the Saturday stabbing of Cologne mayoral candidate Henriette Reker confirmed that her pro-refugee policies motivated the 44-year-old attacker.

"At the current moment witness statements indicate ... that in fact the attacker's xenophobic motives were pivotal," Cologne's senior public prosecutor Ulf Willuhn said. 

Reker is responsible for accommodating refugees in the city.

Reker had to receive surgery on her wounds, which are serious and to her neck. "She is currently stable, but not out of the woods yet," Cologne's police commissioner Wolfgang Albers says.

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