The anti-Islam terrorist Tobias Rathjen (43) murdered at least eleven people in Hanau, most of them Muslims.
On Wednesday, Rathjen carried out two terrorist attacks against the hookah bars “Midnight” and “Arena Bar & Café” in Hanau, a city east of Frankfurt’s financial center.
In shisha bars, customers share flavored tobacco from a hookah. They are often owned and operated by people from Turkey or Arab countries.
Rathjen published a manifesto that expressed right-wing extremist and anti-Islam views: “To date, however, very few nations or races have emerged positively, while other races and cultures have not only made no contribution here, but are destructive – especially Islam. Hence my conclusion to eliminate the countries with their populations so that mankind has the chance to solve the riddle, because this will certainly not be possible in the presence of a numerically larger majority of the idiots. “
Rathjen was born in Hanau in 1977, where he grew up and went to school. After graduating from high school, he did his civilian service and then trained as a banker in Frankfurt. In the winter semester of 2000 he began studying business administration in Bayreuth and graduated from the university in spring 2007.
Rathjen wrote in an appendix to his manifesto that he played soccer at the age of 10 to 15 in the youth team of Eintracht Frankfurt. The Eintracht Frankfurt media department was asked to comment, but did not respond to an inquiry.
Upon his return, Rathjen murdered his mother (72) and committed suicide. “One of the two found dead is most likely the culprit,” confirmed the local police in a statement on Thursday about the crime scene in the Rathjen residence.
According to the Hesse Interior Minister Peter Beuth, the Attorney General is investigating suspected terrorism. According to current knowledge, there is a xenophobic motive, said Beuth (CDU) on Thursday in the Hessian state parliament in Wiesbaden.
“The federal prosecutor has taken over the investigation and there is evidence of a right-wing extremist background,” said a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe.
Markus Söder, leader of the Christian party CSU and Bavarian Prime Minister, has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks as inhumane acts. “The brutal and inhumane acts in Hanau leave us all stunned. In our thoughts we are with the relatives of the victims and wish them a lot of strength in these difficult hours, ”said Söder on Thursday.