German police are not ruling out a xenophobic motive after an arson attack on a building mostly occupied by Turkish people.
Five people were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation on Saturday following the fire which broke out in the town of Backnang near Stuttgart after a pram was set alight in the hall of the building in the western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Graffiti including two swastikas and the phrase "now everyone die" had been sprayed on a wall.
"A xenophobic background to the attack cannot be ruled out at this stage," a police spokesman said on Sunday.
A house fire in Ludwigshafen last month killed nine people of Turkish origin.
The Turkish media said that fire was a racially motivated attack but German prosecutors have virtually "ruled out" arson as the cause of the blaze, which killed five children and a pregnant woman.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged Germany to take measures to counter discrimination against its large Turkish population.
Investigations into the fire in Backnang are continuing, police said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Mart 2008, 15:16