‘Xenophobic motive’ behind shooting of Eritrean man near Frankfurt

Police said Tuesday that the drive-by shooting of a 26-year-old man from Eritrea in a small west German town was "very clearly" motivated by xenophobia.

'Xenophobic motive' behind shooting of Eritrean man near Frankfurt
The shooting happened in the small town of Wächtersbach near Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

The East African victim was left seriously wounded after being shot in Wächtersbach, near Frankfurt in the state of Hesse, after being fired at from a vehicle on Monday afternoon.

The victim is said to be in a stable condition after emergency surgery on his stomach.

“He became a victim because of his skin colour,” public prosecutor Alexander Badle said at a press conference.

The shooting “had a very clear xenophobic motive,” he said, adding however, that “there is no reliable evidence that contact existed… with far-right extremist” groups.

While searching for the perpetrator, police said they later found a 55-year-old German man “apparently lifeless” in a vehicle in a neighbouring town. He was later confirmed dead in hospital.

Investigators believe the suspect, who had no previous convictions, killed himself.

“According to current information, it is likely that this person is the suspected shooter,” police said, adding that his death was not caused by their officers.

Police found five weapons, all legally registered, during a search of the home and car of the suspect, who had recently also sold a sixth gun.

“Why he legally had such an arsenal of weapons, I cannot give any information about”, said Badle.

A letter was also found, but the prosecutor gave no details.

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Germany arrests seven suspected members of IS fundraising network

German prosecutors said Wednesday they had arrested seven people accused of collecting money to send to the Islamic State group in Syria.

Germany arrests seven suspected members of IS fundraising network

The four Germans, a German-Moroccan dual national, one Kosovar and a Turkish citizen, were accused of belonging “to an international network that supported the terrorist activities of the Islamic State in Syria through financial donations”, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Starting in 2020, the group used the Telegram messaging service to appeal for contributions, prosecutors said.

Their network included financial intermediaries who “collected money or set up accounts” for the donations.

From these accounts the money was transferred to IS members in Syria or to designated middlemen.

The funds were used to support IS members detained in northern Syrian camps and in some cases helped finance their escape, prosecutors said.

In total, 65,000 were collected through the network.

The seven suspects were said to have acted as financial intermediaries and played a “central role” in the fundraising group, prosecutors said.

The arrests were part of a nationwide swoop against people who had made donations to IS via the group.

Over 1,000 police officers searched over 90 properties across Germany on Wednesday.

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