July 16
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German police have shot dead an Afghan man who fatally attacked a policeman and then wounded three people watching a television broadcast of the opening match of the Euro 2024 soccer championship in eastern Germany, AP reported, citing local police.

Police said a 27-year-old Afghan national attacked a 23-year-old policeman with a "knife-like object" in Wolmirstedt, a small town about 130 kilometers west of Berlin, on Friday night. The victim later died of his wounds.

Later, a man attacked a group of people watching a soccer match between Germany and Scotland in the courtyard of a private home, wounding three Germans, two of whom were seriously injured, police said.

Police said the attacker, still armed with the same object, also assaulted police officers who arrived at the scene. Two police officers shot and wounded the man, who died shortly afterward at a hospital.

Police said the suspect's motives for the attacks were unclear. The interior ministry of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, which includes Wolmierstedt, said police had increased their presence across the country.

The soccer championship is being held in cities across Germany and runs through July 14.

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