Germany: Man with far right views killed 9 in shootings

20th Feb 2020
Germany: Man with far right views killed 9 in shootings

By Cuneyt Karadag

 

BERLIN (AA): Death toll in the western German town of Hanau from an armed attack on two shisha cafes rose to 9, including Turkish citizens after a person succumbed to injuries at the hospital. Four people were injured. The suspect was found dead with another person at his home, police said.

A confession letter found outlined far-right motives in the alleged suspects home by the police. Mass circulation daily Bild and German news agency dpa has reported that the letter expressed a far-right motive for the attack.

Police are examining the letter and video claiming responsibility found at the home of the main suspect..

The special operations team raided a home of a person who is considered to be the perpetrator and found the body of two people, including the perpetrator who opened fire late Wednesday on two shihsa cafes, German press agency DPA reported, citing a police spokesperson.

Therefore, the death toll rose to 11 following the attack in Hanau, located near Frankfurt.

The perpetrator reportedly opened fire at the first shisha bar in Hanau’s downtown, killing three people, before driving to the neighborhood of Kesselstadt and opening fire at a second shisha bar, where five people died.

“The suspected perpetrator was found lifeless at his residential address in Hanau. Police special forces also found another corpse at the site,” police in the area said on Twitter.

“Thoughts this morning are with the people of Hanau, in whose midst this terrible crime was committed,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Twitter.

“Deep sympathy for the affected families, who are grieving for their dead,” the spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said. “We hope with those wounded that they will soon recover.”

According to the information received, although not officially confirmed, five Turkish citizens lost their lives.

Meanwhile, a far-right terror cell planned attacks on six mosques across Germany but was dismantled by the police last week following a tip from an informant, local media reported on Monday.

The group’s leading figure Werner S. made concrete plans to attack politicians, refugees, and Muslims to provoke a civil-war-like situation in the country, German press agency DPA reported, based on information from investigators.

Twelve members of the group were arrested after a series of raids on Friday in the federal states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North-Rhine Westphalia, Rheinland-Palatinate, and Saxony Anhalt.

Germany: Terror cell planned attacks on mosques, 12 arrested

Hanau is located around 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Frankfurt and has a population of nearly 100,000.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Germany by Directorate of Intelligence CIA/Public Domain]

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