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Racially motivated attack on young girls in Germany sparks outrage

After an attack in northern Germany that injured a Ghanaian girl and her father, police received several tips, including information about possible suspects, a police spokesperson told dpa on Sunday.

The investigation is extensive and will take some time, he added.

According to initial police findings, an 8-year-old Ghanaian girl and her 10-year-old sister were attacked by a group of about 20 teenagers and young adults. The 8-year-old and her father, who intervened, were taken to hospital with mild injuries.

The alleged racist attack has outraged politicians and sparked public outrage.

The attack took place on Friday evening in the town of Grevesmühlen in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The attackers allegedly kicked the younger girl in the face. When the children’s parents intervened, a fight broke out.

Reports indicate that the attackers shouted racist slogans during the city festival, and eight people from the group are now under investigation for various crimes, including grievous bodily harm and incitement to hatred.

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Other incidents with suspected racist motives took place in the region this weekend, including a group giving Nazi salutes in the capital Schwerin and a violent altercation in the small town of Penkun, near the Polish border, involving racist chants.

These incidents have heightened concerns about rising racism and violence in the area.

The mayor of Grevesmühlen, Lars Prahler, said he was shocked by the violence.

“This racially motivated offense simply leaves me stunned. It shows abysmal hatred and unchecked inhumanity and cannot be excused.” The fact that they were teenagers is also no excuse, he added.

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