by, Charlie Bayliss | The Express – UK
Czech officers stopped an armed man in a black 4×4 Mercedes as he tried to infiltrate the German Chancellor’s motorcade during her visit to Prague.
The Mercedes 4×4 approached Merkel’s motorcade as she travelled from the airport, near the outskirts of the city.
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.”
Bocan said the man was trying to “run down police” during the incident.
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The driver refused to listen to police orders, only sopping and exiting the vehicle after police warned they were going to shoot.
Bocan added: “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.”
A baton, a canister of tear gas and handcuffs was found by police in the suspect’s car.
The German leader was in the Czech capital on an official visit to meet Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and President Milos Zeman.
She was meeting the Czech leaders to discuss the ongoing migrant crisis.
It comes as Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka publicly supported deeper military integration across EU countries – which could lead to a European army.
He said: “Certainly the Czech Republic can imagine stronger cooperation in the military area, integration of units, common exercises, and above all securing the capacity to organise operations to support common European foreign policy.”
Hundred of protestors lined the streets as Merkel entered Prague, demanding the chancellor steps down over her role in the migrant crisis.
Merkel allowed an estimated one million refugees into Germany last year.
The suspected assassination attempt comes as countries across Europe are on high alert following a string of high-profile terror attacks over the past few months.
Although Germany has not suffered the high death counts France has had to deal with, the country is still reeling after being hit by string of attacks in a matter of weeks.
Just days ago, it emerged Germany was considering plans to reintroduce military conscription.
An extensive report by German officials proposed the reintroduction of conscription at times of national crisis.
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