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    The authorities have confirmed the gunman was acting alone, adding they suspect terrorist motives behind the slaughter. At the same time, the German media has reported, citing security sources that many of the victims had an immigrant background.

    German police are investigating a shooting in Hanau, near Frankfurt, after a gunman killed at least 8 people and wounded 5 more at two local shisha bars. The perpetrator, identified as 43-year-old Tobias R., was found dead in his home later, alongside his mother, who had allegedly been killed by him.

    According to reports, the suspect left a letter and a video, confessing to the crime.

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    • 13:25

      UK PM Johnson Expresses Condolences to Victims of Hanau Shooting

    • 13:07

      German Foreign Minister Warns About Resurgence of Right-Wing Extremism

      "If the suspicion is confirmed, the gruesome attack in Hanau will be the third right-wing extremist murder in Germany within a year. Right-wing terrorism has reemerged as a threat to our country", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maastweeted.

    • 12:14

      Ankara in Touch With Berlin Over Hanau Shooting Investigation - Erdogan

      "I express my condolences to the families of our citizens who died in this horrible attack. We are in touch with the German authorities, who, we believe, will do everything possible to fully investigate this crime", Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara.

    • 11:41

      At Least Five Killed in Hanau are Turkish Citizens - Envoy

      According to the Turkish Ambassador to Berlin Ali Kemal Aydin, five of those who have been killed in Hanau are Turkish citizens.

    • 11:23

      Many Signs Indicate Racism is Behind Hanau Shooting - Merkel

      The German Chancellor vowed that the government will use "all its might" to oppose those dividing the country.

      "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," Merkel added. "Currently, plenty indicates that the attacker was guided by right-wing extremist and racist motives, as well as hatred of people of a different origin, religion or other appearance".

    • 10:31

      Xenophobia is Poisoning German Society - CDU Head

      "It's poison to see people as opponents, to see yourself as better than others, to see fellow citizens as foreigners - that's a poison that is increasingly penetrating society and can ultimately lead to these crimes", Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said.

    • 10:27

      EU Commission Chief Von der Leyen Expresses Condolenses to Victims of Hanau Shooting

      "I am deeply shocked by the tragedy that took place last night in Hanau. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, to whom I want to extend my sincerest condolences. We mourn with you today", the ex-German minister said.

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