A German mayor who wanted to welcome refugees to his village has reportedly been assaulted in a suspected xenophobic attack.
Joachim Kebschull, the mayor of Oersdorf, was struck on the back of the head with a club or wooden beam when he was on the way to a meeting at the town hall.
Kebschull lost consciousness as a result of the attack and was taken to hospital, according to German newspaper Bild.
Earlier in the day the mayor had received a threatening letter, which said "He who will not hear must feel."
Previously the mayor has also received several death threats, while two meetings on refugees were cancelled due to bomb threats.
The attacker left quickly after the attack and has not been found. Police have claimed the crime was politically motivated.
Kebschull believes the village, which houses less than 1,000 people, has space for refugees and plans to move a group of asylum seekers into a property in the town.