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Person armed with an axe shot by German police before Euro 2024 game in Hamburg.

A man said to be wielding an axe has been shot by the German Police in Hamburg just hours before the first 2024 Euro game is set to be played in the city.

Reports on social media said the incident took place near a fan park where Netherlands fans were gathered ahead of their game with Poland.

And Hamburg’s police confirmed officers had shot an individual who had threatened them.

A post on X from Police Hamburg read: “There is currently a major police operation in #StPauli. According to initial findings, a person threatened police officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device. The officers then used their firearms. The attacker was injured and is currently receiving medical treatment.”

Pictures on social media had earlier shown thousands of Netherlands supporters in the city enjoying the build-up to the Group D game against Poland, which is scheduled to kick off at 2pm BST.

The game is taking place at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion, with the city’s fan park situated in the St Pauli district.

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