Poland mourns: in pictures

There has been an outpouring of grief in Poland after the plane crash that killed President Lech Kac

Above, mourners arrive last night to light candles under a giant cross in Pilsudski Square.


A Boy Scout arranges candles outside the Presidential Palace.


Relatives of the victims comfort each other after arriving in Moscow to identify the bodies of victims from Saturday's plane crash.


People wait outside the Presidential Palace to sign books of condolence.


Members of the Council of Europe take part in a ceremony to commemorate the air crash victims in front of the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg.


A Polish soldier arranges flowers left by mourners next to a portrait of Kaczynski and his wife, Maria. Her body is returning to Warsaw today, to lie in state with that of her husband.

All photographs from AFP/Getty Images.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.