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Bangladesh in suspected German gunman hit list

  • Published at 11:38 pm February 21st, 2020
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender pay respect to victims of a shooting in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Germany, February 20, 2020 Reuters

The presumed attacker – a 43-year-old German man identified as Tobias R – was found dead close to a gun soon after the shootings late on Wednesday in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Reuters said quoting authorities

The German man who gunned down nine people near Frankfurt before killing himself and his mother posted a manifesto online in which he called for genocide, German authorities said. Bangladesh was one of the countries mentioned in his extermination list, alongside India and Pakistan.

The presumed attacker – a 43-year-old German man identified as Tobias R – was found dead close to a gun soon after the shootings late on Wednesday in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Reuters said quoting authorities.

"On the suspected perpetrator's home page, he had put up video messages and a kind of manifesto that, in addition to obscure thoughts and absurd conspiracy theories, pointed to deeply racist views," said Prosecutor General Peter Frank.

He called for complete extermination of many “races or cultures in our midst,” officials said.

“We now have ethnic groups, races or cultures in our midst that are destructive in every respect,” he wrote, saying he envisioned a “rough cleaning” first and then a “fine cleaning” that could cut the world’s population in half.

“The following people must be completely exterminated: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the complete Arabian Peninsula, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Usbekistan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines,” he wrote.

The writer also said he approved of President Trump. 

Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the "poison" of racism. Her deputy, Olaf Scholz, took to Twitter to say: "Politically, nobody can deny that 75 years after the Nazi dictatorship there is real terror again."

At least five of the victims were Turkish nationals, Ankara's ambassador to Berlin told state broadcaster TRT Haber as his government demanded robust action.

The gunman burst into in a bar in downtown Hanau then drove to a second bar in town and opened fire again, police and witnesses said.

Officers chased a car leaving the scene of the last shooting to another address, where they found the bodies of the suspect and his 72-year-old mother, both with gunshot wounds, police said.

Thousands of people gathered for candlelight vigils in about 50 German cities on Thursday evening. In Hanau, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told crowds that Germans and foreigners should unite to defeat racism.

"We are mourning, we are taking part in vigils and we see that we are united both in our mourning and against racism and violence," Steinmeier said after laying a wreath outside one of the shisha bars.

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