Former Polish mayor stabbed
PR dla Zagranicy
The former mayor of the eastern Polish city of Siedlce has undergone a life-saving operation after being stabbed in front of his house on Monday morning.
Prosecutor's office in Siedlce. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański
Police have detained a man suspected to have attacked Wojciech Kudelski, the former mayor of Siedlce.
The city’s current mayor, Andrzej Sitnik, was quoted by public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency as saying: “I did not suspect that something so horrible could happen in our city.”
Kudelski served as the mayor of Siedlce between 2006 and 2018. Last year he was elected to a regional council as a candidate backed by Poland's ruling Law and Justice party.
In January, the mayor of the northern Polish city of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, was stabbed several times by a 27-year-old knife-wielding attacker during a high-profile annual charity drive.
Adamowicz died the next day in hospital from severe wounds despite efforts by doctors to save him. The killing shocked Poland.