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Lebanese Man Arrested In Arson Fire That Killed 10 Immigrants German Police At First Feared The Fire Was A Neo-Nazi Attack

Sun., Jan. 21, 1996

A 21-year-old Lebanese man was arrested Saturday in a fire police earlier suspected was the work of foreigner-hating arsonists.

Ten immigrants - six children and four adults - died in Thursday’s blaze at a shelter for asylum-seekers in this Baltic seaport of 210,000.

The fire was initially suspected to be motivated by racism, especially as police said it probably was caused by arson.

The suspect lived at the shelter with his family, police spokesman Detlef Hardt said Saturday.

Earlier Saturday, about 3,000 people gathered in Luebeck’s main square to remember the victims. Many were convinced the fire was yet another attack on foreigners.

“Ninety-eight percent it was a neo-Nazi attack,” said one demonstrator who would identify himself only as Jemal. Born in Turkey, he now lives in the German city of Hamburg.

“Ninety-nine percent,” another man offered as he hurried through the multi-ethnic crowd.

Attacks on foreigners soared after unification in 1990, raising fears of a neo-Nazi threat.

The worst attack was a 1993 firebombing in Solingen in western Germany that killed five Turkish women and children. Four right-wing extremists were convicted in the attack.


 
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