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Arson attacks on foreigners

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24.12.2015
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12 injured in arson attack as German anti-foreigner sentiment rises
Twelve people including seven minors have been injured in two arson attacks on adjacent apartment buildings housing "people with a foreign background," police in the German town of Augsburg said Thursday.
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Wallerstein, Germany (dpa) - A police spokesman said the attacks, which occurred overnight into Thursday in the Swabian town of Wallerstein, may have been motivated by xenophobic sentiment, but that other lines of enquiry were also being pursued.

A 22-year-old heavily inebriated man who was near the buildings when the fires were being doused has been arrested.

The incident is the latest in a torrent of anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner crimes in Germany, where over 1 million people mainly from war-torn countries in the Middle East have sought asylum in 2015.

By mid-November, the authorities had recorded 1,610 violent crimes against migrants and their accommodations.

The buildings targeted overnight to Thursday were not refugee hostels, however. They were apartment buildings housing people of foreign extraction.

Also on Thursday, police in the German capital said a mosque in the district of Kreuzberg had filed a complaint after receiving a package with a severed pig‘s head and a copy of the Koran in it.

Pigs are considered to be impure by Muslims.

 

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