Extremist Attack in Germany Kills Ten

A gunman killed nine people at two shisha bars in Hanau, Germany on February 19, 2020. A shisha bar is a flavored tobacco bar. The gunman first attacked the Midnight shisha bar before fleeing by car to the second location, the Arena Bar & Café, where he continued his attack. He was later found dead in his apartment. He was believed to have a far-right background. Reported by CNN (02/20/20). https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/germany-shooting-dle-intl/index.html

German federal prosecutors took charge of the investigation. Reported by The Times of Israel (02/20/20). Read more…

Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, said of the attack, “Racism is a poison, hatred is a poison and this poison exists in our society and it is already to blame for far too many crimes.” Peter Beuth, interior minister for the German state of Hesse, said the suspect, identified as 43-year old Tobias R., left behind an online “manifest” and video that suggested the attack was motivated by “a hostile attitude to foreigners.” Reported by i24 News (02/20/20). Read more…

According to news reports, the suspect was a far-right extremist who wanted to exterminate people from Asia, North Africa, and Israel. Reported by The Times of Israel (02/20/20). Read more…