German Executive Gravely Injured in Acid Attack, Perpetrators Remain At Large

Bernhard Günther, Chief Financial Officer of the German energy company Innogy, was nearly killed when two men threw acid over his face. Günther was ambushed in a park some 200 yards from his apartment in Haan, a small town near Dusseldorf. He was returning home from a nearby bakery.

Despite sustaining life-threatening injuries, Günther was able to walk home before receiving medical attention. Doctors say he is now in stable condition but will suffer lasting injuries.

Police have opened an attempted murder investigation. They say that the two attackers were not masked and potentially said something to Günther as they threw acid at him.

Innogy is a subsidiary of energy giant RWE, one of Germany’s largest companies and a long-standing target of environmental protesters over its open=pit coal mining operations. The Bild Daily reported that Germany’s domestic security service, which is responsible for politically motivated crimes, is investigating the attack.

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