Eritrean's body found after fire in German refugee shelter: report

5th October 2015, Comments 0 comments

Firefighters in Germany found the body of an Eritrean man after a fire broke out in a shelter for asylum-seekers in the country's east, media reports said Monday.

The cause of the blaze and the cause of death were not yet known, public broadcaster MDR quoted the police as saying.

The shelter is located in Saalfeld in the state of Thuringia, formerly part of communist East Germany.

A record influx of refugees to Germany has sparked a xenophobic backlash in some areas, with a growing incidence of hate crimes and arson attacks.

Police were investigating whether the death was the result of an accident or a crime.

© 2015 AFP

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