'Heroic' Polish driver's family to receive aid: PM 24.12.2016 11:00 The family of Łukasz Urban, the Polish driver who died when his truck was used in a terrorist attack in Berlin on Monday, will receive special aid, Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydło has said.
Candles, flowers and condolence notes placed in remembrance of victims of the terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany. Photo: EPA/Michael Kappeler.
“I have made the decision to allow a special pension for the wife and son of the late Łukasz Urban,” Szydło said, adding that “the family of the heroic driver will get it after Christmas”.
On Monday, a Tunisian man drove Urban's truck into a crowd at a Christmas fair in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring 50.
The suspect was on Friday shot dead in Milan in a shootout with police.
Urban's attempt to avoid the inevitable massacre by grabbing the steering wheel while he lay stabbed in the passenger seat, has attracted international attention for this brave deeds. (vb)
Polish President to take part in funeral of 'Berlin attack' driver 30.12.2016 08:50 Polish President Andrzej Duda will take part in a funeral ceremony on Friday for Łukasz Urban, the Polish driver who was the first victim of the recent terror attack at a market in Berlin. Speaking to public broadcaster TVP, presidential spokesperson Marek Magierowski said that Duda will participate “not as president, but as someone who will want to directly convey his condolences to the family of the first victim of this terrible terrorist attack in Berlin”.
“It will be an expression of huge respect for Łukasz Urban, who in the eyes of many Poles is definitely a hero, a brave man. The president will attend [the funeral] because he believes that this is his role, and he should be there,” Magierowski said.
On 19 December a Tunisian man drove Urban's truck into a crowd at a Christmas fair in Berlin, killing 12 and injuring 50.
The suspect was shot dead in Milan in a shootout with police a few days later.
Urban's alleged attempt to avoid the inevitable massacre by grabbing the steering wheel while he lay stabbed in the passenger seat, has attracted international attention for his brave deeds.
However, according to the German Bild daily, a forensic report shows that the driver was shot between 4:30 and 5:30 in the afternoon and lost a lot of blood. No official timeline of events has yet been released. (rg)
Polish parents confirmed dead in Manchester attack after daughter's plea to find them
Helena Horton Patrick Sawer, Senior Reporter
24 May 2017 • 12:29pm
Marcin and Angelika Klis, Polish parents of a student at York College, have been confirmed dead after the Manchester attack.
Marcin was 42 years old, and Angelika, 40, were at the concert to pick up their children.
Their 20-year-old daughter had posted a plea for help on Facebook after they didn't contact her following the attack at the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.
The Polish foreign minister has confirmed that a couple from the country had died in the attack.
They had arranged to meet their children at the entrance were the attack occurred to take them to their home in York.
The pair leave behind two daughters, Alex and Patricia.
Witold Waszczykowski told RMF FM: "The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead. The children are safe.’ Cities around the world pay tribute to Manchester victims 01:02
He added: "We are appealing to Poles living in Manchester to take extra care and follow the advice of local authorities."
Their daughter Alex wrote on Facebook on Monday evening: "‘Anyone who is in any safe place or hospital in Manchester, if anyone comes across my parents please please let me know as they’ve been missing ever since the attack, this is a picture taken tonight so this is exactly what they were wearing."
The family have been contacted but said they would not be making any comment at this time.
A women at the family home, who did not give her name, said: “it is a distressing time for the girls.”
Alex has not posted since making the appeal except for sharing an ITV article about her missing parents yesterday.
A number of users have since wrote on the post expressing their condolences at the news of her parents death with a number written in Polish.
Carmen Espejo said: “Oh Alex...im so so sorry!!!i vant tell you how angry and upset i am!xxxx hope you have plenty of support.much love huni (sic).”
Joe Gough said: “Hope your okay Alex Klis how can someone affect someone in a way like this, something needs to be done now!! I hope your okay Alex if you need literally anything I'm here R.I.P.”
Eleanor Hardy said: “My thoughts are with you Alex Klis Patrycia Klis! I love you both so much and I will be here for you both every step of the way! Cant believe it they were taken far to soon and didnt deserve any of this:( most down to earth people and always laughing RIP (sic).”
Marcin Klis was a cab driver at York Cars Taxi Service. A colleague from his workplace said: "It is all very raw right now – we are waiting for the owner of the company to come in.
"I’m not going to give any information out, out of respect for his family.
"It is worse for his family, I’m more concerned about his family right now. I’m more concerned about his daughter."
I am saddened by the very young victims of this attack, and for the two Polish girls Alex and Patricia who will have to live without their parents Marcin and Angelika Klis.
I am afraid there will be more in the future.
Poles injured in Turin stampede 04.06.2017 13:57 Two Polish nationals were among some 1,500 people injured during a stampede following a football match in the city of Turin, northern Italy, the Polish foreign ministry has said. According to news reports, several thousands of fans were watching a live broadcast of the UEFA Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid at the city's San Carlo square on Saturday. A bang was heard and rumours of an explosion quickly spread within the crowd.
Images on social media showed shoes and bags left at the scene of the incident as the football supporters, mainly fans of the Italian Juventus club, scrambled to get away from the square.
Local media said that seven people, including a seven-year-old child, were seriously injured.
It was not immediately clear whether the two Poles who were injured had been hospitalised, or suffered only minor cuts and bruises. The game was won by Real Madrid, who took the title for the 12 time.
A Polish man, Bartosz Niedzielski, tried to stop the latest islamist terrorist attack in France but was fatally wounded in the head and died today. However, his action prevented a much larger scale of attack.