A Turkish man, Ömer Akbay, was killed and five other people suffered from smoke inhalation in a fire in the state of Baden Württemberg in Germany in the early hours on Monday.
According to reports, the fire erupted at a Turkish restaurant in the German city of Freiburg at 1:30 a.m. on Monday. German prosecutors and police have started an investigation into the suspicious incident. Turkey's Karlsruhe Consulate General announced that it is working in contact with German authorities to shed light on the incident.
Akbay was father to three and his wife is reportedly expecting another child in a few months.
Those who suffered from smoke inhalation were taken to the hospitals for treatment.
Arson with racist motives has also become notorious in Germany. In March, eight Turkish immigrants were killed in a fire in the Stuttgart suburb of Backnang in their family home. Officials said the incident appeared to be the result of an electrical malfunction, but immigrant groups in Germany and Turkish officials have not been fully convinced due to numerous past fires that proved to be the work of neo-Nazi groups.
Furthermore, last October, a fire broke out in two apartment blocks in the German city of Bremen that sent 30 people to hospital. The two buildings were located on the same street and both were owned by Germans of Turkish descent. Arson is suspected in the incident.
Today's ZamanGüncelleme Tarihi: 01 Temmuz 2013, 14:55