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Gunman who killed 10 left 24-page racist manifesto
by Justin Huggler/The Telegraph
Ten people were killed in Germany overnight by a far-Right gunman who attacked two shisha bars in the western town of Hanau before turning his gun on himself. The dead reportedly included a pregnant woman.
The shooter, a 43-year-old German national named on social media as Tobias Rathjen, left behind a 24-page manifesto which makes clear the motives behind the killings were racist. He calls for the extermination of several peoples in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.
Although he does not emphasize the issue of religion, most of the countries he names all have Muslim majority populations. He also shows signs of paranoia and espouses conspiracy theories.
His body was found with the murder weapon beside it when police stormed his apartment not far from the site of one of the shootings. The body of a 72-year-old woman identified as his mother was also found in the apartment.
Police believe Rathjen may have killed her before turning his gun on himself. The shootings targeted shisha bars frequented by immigrant communities in Hanau, a commuter town east of Frankfurt. Justin Huggler details how the attacks were carried out.