The mayor of a city in Poland has been taken to hospital after being stabbed while on stage during the finale of a large charity event.

Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz was attacked with a sharp tool during the “Light to Heaven” event, charity spokeswoman Magdalena Skorupka-Kaczmarek, told Polish news agency PAP.

She said there was no immediate word about the mayor’s condition at the hospital. Mr Adamowicz has been mayor of Gdansk, a Baltic port city, since 1998.

Polish broadcaster TVN24 said that around 8pm local time a man rushed the stage and shouted something. It says the mayor was seen holding his belly.

TVN24 says a suspect was detained. Other Polish media reported that a knife was used in the attack.

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