Authorities in Germany’s northern state of Lower Saxony said Saturday police detectives were probing a blaze that destroyed 10 vans and a trailer in the city of Braunschweig.
They suspected left-wing extremists were behind the fire on the premises of LAB, the state authority that organizes the reception and accommodation of asylum seekers in Lower Saxony. The office also supports the municipal immigration authorities with repatriations.
On Friday night, 50 fire brigade personnel were deployed to extinguish the burning vehicles on the LAB grounds, spanning 6.4 hectares (15 acres). No one was hurt in the fire.
Lower Saxony’s interior ministry priced the vehicle loss at half-a-million euros ($612,000).
Incendiary devices were also found in a building belonging to the same authority in the district of Langenhagen near the airport in the state capital Hanover, but they did not ignite.
“Nobody in Germany has the right to ruthlessly and with sheer force implement their own political goals,” said Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s interior minister.
The state’s far-left scene was experiencing a “strong radicalization,” and was developing into a “terrorist structure,” he added.
ipj/shs (Dpa, Reuters, AFP, AP)
Germany: Authorities suspect far-left arson attack on asylum authority The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Deutsche Welle.