Turkish family reports arson attack on German home

19th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The family says it was a racially motivated incident.

Marburg, Germany -- A Turkish family reported an attempt Tuesday by two racially motivated attackers to burn down their house in Germany, police in the central town of Marburg said.

The family of three noticed during the night that the wooden cladding of an external staircase was on fire and extinguished it. The attack was reported in the country area of Dautphetal in Germany's central hills.

The mother of the family, 55, said she saw two men running away from the scene, waving fists in the air and shouting, "foreigners out," according to reports on the incident to appear Wednesday in two local newspapers, Wetzlarer Neue Zeitung and Oberhessische Presse.

Two hours before the incident, the word "hate" had been scrawled on a wall of the house.

The case comes two weeks after a tragic fire that killed nine Turkish nationals in the southern city of Ludwigshafen.

Police are still investigating that fire and have yet to rule out either an accidental cause or arson.

An apartment-house fire near the Swiss border last week was blamed on a German resident of the building. Police described the suspect as disturbed, saying there was no evidence he had a racist motive.

Germany's minority Turkish community has been worried that they might be targeted by racist right-wingers.

DPA with Expatica

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