Ten injured in refugee home riot over 'torn Quran': German police

By AFP
Published: August 20, 2015
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About 50 people armed with steel rods began throwing stones at the officers, leaving 10 including three police injured

About 50 people armed with steel rods began throwing stones at the officers, leaving 10 including three police injured

BERLIN: At least 10 people were injured in a riot at a refugee home in central Germany over a torn Quran, police said Thursday, in fresh tensions as the country prepared to host 800,000 asylum-seekers this year.

About 20 refugees in the shelter went in pursuit of another resident late Wednesday, accusing him of ripping pages out of a Quran, local police said.

The man was eventually saved by the shelter’s guards as well as police, prompting the mob to turn their anger on the security forces.

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About 50 people armed with steel rods began throwing stones at the officers, leaving at least 10 people including three police injured.

Windows were smashed, furniture was flung out of the windows and even dividing walls in the refugee shelter were hacked off in the rampage that lasted several hours in the town of Suhl.

Germany is struggling to accommodate a wave of asylum-seekers from war zones such as Syria but also countries without military conflict like Albania and Kosovo.

It was not immediately clear which countries the assailants or the victims were from.

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The sudden surge in asylum demand this year has left authorities scrambling to find appropriate homes for the migrants, with schools and tents used as temporary shelter.

Authorities have raised concerns of overcrowding.

The refugee home in Suhl has a capacity for 1,200 people, but is currently hosting 1,700.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • someone
    Aug 20, 2015 - 6:28PM

    This is a wake up call for Germany on what to expect when you have too many of them.Recommend

  • Realist
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:00PM

    Everywhere they go, immigrants from a certain part of the world, leave a trail of destruction and backwardness behind. Germans, beware…!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 21, 2015 - 3:03AM

    If you let in snakes, they will bite.Recommend

  • Somebody
    Aug 21, 2015 - 3:25AM

    @Realist:
    seeped in biasness you are!Recommend

  • vasan
    Aug 21, 2015 - 4:48AM

    Why didnt they demand sharia whereever they go, Greece, Germany, Holland, Poland, Sweden, Norway etc etc?Recommend

  • Boa
    Aug 21, 2015 - 4:39PM

    @vasan. Are you surprised? There you go. Your stereotype idol has been broken but you won’t learn any lesson. Recommend

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