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Assassination attempt on German Chancellor Angela Merkel foiled

India TV News Desk Prague 26 Aug 2016, 10:22:53 AM IST
India TV News Desk

A feared assassination attempt on German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly been foiled here with Czech police arresting an armed man who tried to join her motorcade during visit to the capital.

“The perpetrator has been detained. He is suspected of attempting to cause a crime -- specifically an attempt to use violence against an official,” police spokesman Josef Bocan said.

“The incident is currently being investigated by Prague detectives,” Bocan added.

Merkel, who was in Prague to meet Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, was travelling from the airport to the city when the suspicious Black Mercedes appeared.

The driver refused to obey orders coming from the police cars accompanying the German Chancellor.

The suspect tried to enter the motorcade and cut off a police vehicle that was trying to stop him. He only stopped and got out of the vehicle after the police warned of shooting him.

The incident comes as Europe remains on high alert after a series of terror attacks over the past 12 months.

France, Germany and Belgium have been attacked by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, claiming hundreds of lives.