Islam critic among several wounded in knife attack at rally in Germany

A prominent Islam critic was among six people wounded in a knife attack at a rally in Germany on Friday, drawing immediate condemnation from the nation's leaders.

The attack, just days before EU-wide elections, comes amid a spike of politically motivated violence in Germany.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser raised the possibility that the assault could be Islamist motivated.

A man with a knife attacked and wounded several people on the market square in the city of Mannheim, around 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Frankfurt in southwest Germany, at around 11:35 am (0935 GMT), police said in a statement.

Five of those wounded were taking part in a rally organised by Pax Europa, a campaign group against radical Islam, police said.

A police officer who intervened was also stabbed several times in the back of the head, it said.

Officers fired at the attacker and wounded him.

"The extent and severity of the injuries are not yet known," the police said, adding that the identity of the attacker had not yet been determined.

Pax Europa said on its website that one of the victims was Michael Stuerzenberger, a German far-right activist and blogger, who had been due to take part in the rally.

Stuerzenberger suffered serious stab wounds to his face and also to his leg, the group said.

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