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