A feared assassination attempt on German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly been foiled in Prague.
Czech police detained an armed man in a black 4×4 Mercedes after he allegedly tried to join Merkel’s motorcade during her visit to the capital, the Mirror reports.
Czech police spokesperson Josef Bocan said the perpetrator has since been detained and is suspected of ‘attempting to cause a crime – specifically an attempt to use violence against an official.’
Merkel was in Prague for a one-day visit to meet with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka but was greeted with a hostile reception, including lines of protesters.
She was reportedly travelling from the airport to the city when the suspicious vehicle appeared on the outskirts of the city.
The driver of the Mercedes refused to obey orders coming from police cars accompanying the German chancellor and was alleged to have carried on trying to enter the motorcade. He cut off a police vehicle that was trying to stop him.
Chief police spokesperson Bocan said:
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.
The incident is currently being investigated by Prague detectives.
It comes as Europe remains on a state of high alert following a series of terror attacks over the past 12 months.