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Germany: Afghan boy shot with plastic round in Chemnitz

After a 10-year-old Afghan boy was hit with a plastic round, police in Chemnitz are probing whether there was a "xenophobic motive." The city made headlines in 2018 when far-right mobs chased down refugees in the city.

A 10-year-old Afghan boy was shot with a plastic bullet likely from a compressed air gun in the German city of Chemnitz, police said on Friday.

Police said they were investigating a possible "xenophobic motive" in the incident and the case has now been taken over by a special branch of the police for politically motivated crimes.

Police have not yet identified a suspect and have called for witnesses.

The boy was shot at on Wednesday in the Sonnenberg neighborhood and was hit in the thigh. He was left with a bleeding wound and was treated by paramedics on the scene.

Police later found a plastic bullet that they said was likely fired from a compressed air gun.

Read more: Kristallnacht anniversary: Chemnitz riots show how pogroms start

Far-right protests

The eastern German city was the sight of major far-right protests where refugees and minorities were chased and attacked in the streets in 2018.

In 2018, 8,000 people turned up for a far-right protest after two 23-year-old asylum seekers from Iraq and Syria stabbed a man to death in the city.

A day after the killing, a city street festival turned sour with some people filmed chasing down migrants. It then led to a week of far-right protests, attended by thousands of neo-Nazi and prominent far-right politicians from across the country. Some of the protests also saw clashes break out between far-right demonstrators and Antifa counterprotesters. 

Chemnitz became synonymous with far-right violence and spawned a wave of inclusivity and tolerance protests, under the banner of "#WirSindMehr" (We are more).

aw/rs (AFP, dpa)

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