The nine victims of a suspected far-right attack in Hanau included both German and foreign citizens and were aged between 21 and 44, Germany’s federal prosecutor Peter Frank has said.
The suspect, a 43-year-old German man, carried out his deadly attacks at two shisha lounges in Hanau, a town not far from Frankfurt, on Wednesday night.
After the rampage, the suspect, named as Tobias R, was found dead at his apartment along with his mother, according to officials. It is believed the suspect killed his mother and then himself.
The attack late on Wednesday has sent shockwaves throughout Germany, which is dealing with an increased far-right threat.
Police are working to identify the victims.
Some of those killed were of Turkish origin, a spokesman for the Turkish presidency said.
“We expect German authorities to show maximum effort to enlighten this case. Racism is a collective cancer,” Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.
German magazine Focus cited security sources as saying many of the victims had an immigrant background. One victim, a permanent resident of Germany, was a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosnian ministry of foreign affairs confirmed.