German anti-foreigner serial killer strikes again

10th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 April 2006, KASSEL, GERMANY - The Turkish owner of an internet cafe has become the ninth victim of a serial killer targeting foreigners living in Germany, police and prosecutors said Monday.

10 April 2006

KASSEL, GERMANY - The Turkish owner of an internet cafe has become the ninth victim of a serial killer targeting foreigners living in Germany, police and prosecutors said Monday.

The 21-year-old victim was found dead last Thursday with gunshot wounds to the head, two days after another Turk aged 39 was shot and killed in his kiosk in the city of Dortmund.

All the victims were shot with a Czech-made 7.65mm Ceska 83 pistol in what prosecutors called execution-style killings. Eight of those killed were Turks, one a Greek.

Police are baffled by the murders, which began in September 2000 and have targeted the owners of small businesses in six cities, including Hamburg in the north and Munich in the south.

Nothing was stolen and the victims appeared to have offered no resistance.

The victims appear to have been chosen at random, prosecutor Heiko Artkaemper said after the murder of the kiosk owner last week. The only thing they had in common was that they were foreign and operated small businesses like fast-food outlets.

Police said there was nothing to suggest a political motive, blackmail or drugs involvement.

Authorities have offered a reward of 30,000 euros (36,000 dollars) for information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

DPA

Subject: German news

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