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Fire at German asylum center caused by suicide, say police

German investigators have determined a fatal fire at an asylum center was caused by a suicide. The finding comes as a number of refugees centers have been lit on fire by far-right groups.

Police said on Tuesday they determined a 29-year-old Eritrean lit himself on fire using a flammable liquid in his dormitory room and died from suffocation.


fire broke out in the three-story dormitory on Monday

. The other occupants of the refugee center, located in Saalfeld, in the eastern state of Thuringia, escaped unharmed.

Several refugees have been injured, but none killed, in dozens of

far-right arson attacks on German asylum shelters

in the past few months.


two suspected fires were set in Thuringia

, one of them about 70 kilometers (43 miles) away from Saalfeld.

Germany is expecting a record influx of more than 800,000 asylum seekers this year. This has fuelled social tensions in some parts of the country, particularly in areas of relatively high unemployment.

cw/jr (AFP, dpa)

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