A suspected arson attack was carried out on the Turkish consulate's car in Stuttgart. No confession letter has yet surfaced. However, witnesses observed how two hooded people fled the scene of the fire.
Fire in front of the Turkish consulate in Stuttgart: An arson attack was allegedly carried out on a car belonging to the consulate in Stuttgart during the night. The flames spread from the parked car to eight other vehicles, police and prosecutors said. The facade of the consulate and another building were also damaged by fire and heat.
The police suspect an arson attack because witnesses saw two masked people flee the scene of the fire in front of the Turkish consulate. However, a letter of confession has not yet appeared. As the police and public prosecutor announced on Tuesday, the state protection of the criminal police took up the investigation. The police estimated the damage at several tens of thousands of euros.
"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the dangerous arson attack on a car belonging to the Turkish consulate - directly in front of the consulate general," said Interior Minister Thomas Strobl. In a conversation with the Turkish Consul General Mehmet Erkan Öner, he assured that the police headquarters in Stuttgart was investigating at high pressure. The State Criminal Police Office was also involved.
Stuttgart's Lord Mayor Frank Nopper said: "We reject any form of violence - by anyone - in the strongest possible terms. We stand very firmly on the side of the Turkish Consul General and our Turkish friends here in Stuttgart." Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens) tweeted: "I am appalled by the fire in front of the Turkish consulate in my Stuttgart constituency. Luckily nobody was hurt. I hope that the perpetrators will be found quickly and the crime will be completely cleared up."