‘Assassination Attempt’ on Angela Merkel Foiled as Armed Man Attempts to Join German Chancellor’s Motorcade

BOLDEKOW, GERMANY - AUGUST 18:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is also chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), attends a Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania election campaign event at the Zinzow farming cooperative (Agrargenossenschaft Zinzow) on August 18, 2016 in Boldekow, Germany. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, one of Germany's 16 federal states (Bundeslaender), is scheduled to hold elections on September 4. So far the CDU is close in the polls against the German Social Democrats (SPD). The populist Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD), a political newcomer that is attracting right-wing voters, has double-digit support and will certainly gain seats.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is also chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), attends a Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania election campaign event at the Zinzow farming cooperative (Agrargenossenschaft Zinzow) on August 18, 2016 in Boldekow, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Police have made one arrested after a suspected assassination attempt on Angela Merkel was foiled.

An armed man in a black Mercedes 4×4 has been detained after he allegedly tried to infiltrate Angela Merkel’s motorcade during her trip to Prague.

Czech police spokesperson Josef Bocan said: ‘The perpetrator has been detained.

‘He is suspected of attempting to cause a crime – specifically an attempt to use violence against an official.’

Merkel was in Prague for a one-day visit to meet with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

She was greeted with a hostile reception, including lines of protesters.

The suspicious vehicle appeared while her motorcade was approaching the outskirts of the city, after heading from the airport.

Bocan added: ‘The driver of the Mercedes refused to obey orders coming from police cars accompanying the German chancellor.

‘He tried to join the procession at all costs, cutting off a police vehicle that was trying to stop him. He only stopped and got out of the vehicle after police warned him that they were going to shoot.

‘Thanks to the professional actions of officers, Angela Merkel’s life was not in danger.

‘The incident is currently being investigated by Prague detectives.’

SOURCE: Nicole Morley for Metro.co.uk