The outgoing mayor of the German city of Hockenheim Dieter Gummer was taken to hospital after he was attacked by an unknown person on Tuesday.

Police say the attacker rang at the SPD politician’s house in nearby Bohl-Iggelheim asking for a

conversation and then punched the 67-year-old Gummer in the face. The perpetrator then fled without being recognised.

As motives for the assault remain unclear, a local police spokesperson said that investigators are looking into all possible options. Gummer was set to leave his post in August.

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