German police investigating shooting at home of Turkish cleric

Two unidentified suspects fired shots in front of the family home of a Turkish-Muslim cleric in Berlin, Germany, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

No one was injured in the attack targeting the house of Abdurrahman Atasoy, Anadolu said.

The police did not take the matter seriously, and only arrived at the scene of the incident after receiving a phone call from the German Interior Ministry, Anadolu quoted Atasoy as saying. 

An investigation was started after police found five metal bullets on the ground on the scene.

Incidents such as these are becoming more prevalent, as they are fuelled by the propaganda of neo-Nazi groups and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, one of Germany’s largest Islamic organisations, Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), said.

A German far-right extremist attacked two cafes and killed nine people in the western town of Hanau on Wednesday. Four of the victims were Turkish, others included Bosnian, Romanian and dual Afghan-German nationals.

Germany is home to 3 million residents with Turkish backgrounds, and 4.7 million Muslims in total.