A planned home for asylum seekers has been burnt down in Germany’s Saxony state. Police reported onlookers cheering at the burning building and preventing the fire brigade from doing its work.
Local police said they were still searching for reasons why the fire broke out. The criminal investigation department and a group specializing in right-wing crime were looking at possible reasons, police said.
Officials also reported that locals in Bautzen cheered as the building burnt. “Some people reacted to the arson with derogatory comments and undisguised joy,” police said in a statement. Some onlookers were under the influence of alcohol, they added.
Several people present in the scene hindered fire officials from carrying out their work. Three people were expelled from the area and two were taken into police custody after they did not heed warnings, officials said.
There were more than 1,000 arson attacks on planned and completed refugee shelters across Germany in 2015.