German Truck Driver Attacked by Skinheads Dies in Hospital
WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ A German truck driver died of serious injuries today in a Polish hospital after he and two colleagues were severely beaten by a group of about 10 skinheads, a police spokesman said.
The attack Thursday evening occurred as the three German drivers were leaving a restaurant in the Krakow industrial suburb of Nowa Huta, local police Supt. Piotr Kobierowski said.
He said a group of about 10 youths armed with batons and knives attacked the three men, then fled before police arrived on the scene.
″From our preliminary findings, its was a typical act of hooliganism,″ Kobierowski said in a telephone interview. He said the incident was being investigated by police.
The driver who died was identified as Frantzek Wielfred, 35, the PAP news agency said. Another driver, Thomas Hicksten, was listed in serious condition in a Krakow hospital. The third German, who was not identified, was treated and released from the hospital.
Rightist attacks on foreigners, mostly asylum seekers, have been growing in recent weeks in eastern Germany.
The Polish government expressed regret to Germany over Thursday night’s attack, according to Matias Fischer, press spokesman for the German Embassy in Warsaw. He said a German consular official had traveled to Krakow to see the surviving drivers.