Authorities in the city of Wertheim in southwestern Germany must now refuse to settle any more refugees and migrants after Germans set fire to an asylum center that was ready to house up to 400 people.
A sports hall, which had been prepared to be used as residence for up to 400 refugees and migrants, caught fire late Saturday night.
Previously Wertheim has provided housing to 600 people at a different center.
The building was on Sunday in danger of collapsing completely. Police in Wertheim think someone purposely set fire to the building to prevent the government from settling more refugees and migrants in the city.
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– No more refugees can come to Wertheim, since we now have no other place where they can stay, says Baden-Württemberg’s fire chief Hermann Schröder.
There has in recent months been several cases of similar fires in buildings that were supposed to be used to house refugees and migrants in Germany.
On Sunday the newspaper Welt am Sonntag wrote that the German police are investigating an asylum seeker who is suspected of having fought for the Islamic state (IS) in Syria.
The man came to Germany as a refugee and have said to other migrants at the center where he was housed that he had fought for IS and killed people. Some of the migrants filmed him in secret and handed over the footage to police. Police are now investigating whether what he said is true.
A spokeswoman for the police would not comment on the matter, but the newspaper writes that the police have reason to believe that Islamists infiltrate Germany, disguised as refugees.