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Two men arrested after arson attack at asylum camp in Vorarlberg

After the arson attack on an asylum camp in Vorarlberg the police arrested two suspects.

The police said they will not reveal any more information before further 4 checks have been made but they said they were confident they had arrested the right people.

The investigators have interrogated a large number of witnesses, including the 23 residents of the asylum camp. The crime could have potentially been committed on political grounds. That is why the investigations are led by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

The arson attack had taken place last Saturday night. The offenders passed the camp in Batschuns (district of Feldkirch) in a car and threw a bottle that contained something burning at the wall of the camp. The content of the bottle burned and left traces of soot, but nobody was injured. An immediately launched search turned out unsuccessful.

The regional state police department announced the reinforcement of controls of all asylum camps in Vorarlberg. This includes the permanent contact of the camp directors with the police.

Sunday evening 300 residents of Batschuns spontaneously expressed their solidarity with the refugees from Pakistan, Syria and Chechnya. Martin Fellacher, head of Caritas refugee aid, thinks of the demonstration as a good idea. The refugees could thus realize that they are wanted and supported by the locals.

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