German police investigating weekend attacks on four refugee shelters

Four refugee shelters were attacked over the weekend in eastern Germany, police said Monday, adding that they were treating the violence as racially motivated.

"We are investigating three cases of criminal damage to a property and one charge relating to the use of explosives," the police department for extremism in the state of Saxony said in a statement.

The attacks took place on Friday and Saturday in the cities of Chemnitz and Leipzig and elsewhere in Saxony, where xenophobic violence has spiked in recent months and the anti-migrant Pegida movement has a strong support base.

Last update: Sat, 03/09/2016 - 01:26

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