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State Prosecutors: Armin Laschet and Asylum Policy

state prosecutors: The security authorities believe that there was a political motive to this attack, said Armin Laschet, premier of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to CBC. The attacker was identified by authorities as 56-year-old German national Werner S., whose full name was withheld because of German privacy laws. A man who witnessed the attack in the town of Altena told German television that a man, probably under the influence of alcohol, wounded the mayor with a 30-centimetre-long knife while shouting criticism of his asylum policy. He was arrested and state prosecutors in Hagen are treating the incident as an attempted-murder case, media reported. Artists build replica of Berlin Holocaust memorial outside home of far-right German politician How the refugee crisis has affected German politics The 57-year old mayor, Andreas Hollstein, is a father of four and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party. No one was immediately available at the prosecutors office. ( As reported in the news.