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Germany: Seventh suspect arrested in connection with firefighter’s killing

A seventh suspect was arrested over the death of a firefighter during an altercation in Augsburg according to police in the southern German city this week.

Published: December 14, 2019, 7:34 am

    Augsburg

    Gerhard Zintl, the leader of the Criminal Police Inspection, described how the police were able to identify the suspects using surveillance footage from the Christmas market, where the attack took place.

    Zintl described how the man was “suddenly surrounded by these seven young men” on an evening out with his wife. “Then there was a blow. The man fell to the ground,” before “the group went to the other, second man, who wanted to come to the aid of the first and subsequently fatal victim; and was attacked and also suffered serious injury to the face”.

    The firefighter had been enjoying the evening at the Christmas market with his wife and friends before being attacked by a group of “seven young men”. He was fatally struck on the head before his friend tried to come to his aid and was also seriously injured. Police reportedly attempted to resuscitate the victim at the scene, but he died in the ambulance. The women were unharmed.

    Details emerged regarding the suspects’ nationalities, of which six had dual German and Turkish nationality, one of the six had a third nationality (Lebanese) while the seventh was an EU national. Two of the suspects are 17 years old, including the main culprit, who was already known by the police for “assault”.

    The seventh suspect was apprehended following an investigation and a manhunt. The police are not looking for any further suspects.

    Over 100 firefighters paid their condolences at a vigil at the scene of the crime.

    Petr Bystron, member of the Bundestag and the Alternative for Germany in the state of Bavaria, was attacked when he visited the memorial for the murdered Fireman in Augsburg (also in Bavaria).

    Antifa members physically and verbally assaulted the AfD member, and damaged the wreath he brought by ripping off the ribbons.

    The police however treated Bystron like a criminal, telling him to “calm down” while demanding he present his identification.

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