The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear and the public prosecutor is investigating if the police officers acted in self defence or are culpable of manslaughter/Photo: AfricanCouriermedia

Germany: African shot dead by police in refugee hostel

A 40-year-old asylum-seeker from Sudan has been shot dead by the police in a shelter for refugees and asylum-seekers in Lower Saxony, the news agency AFP has reported.

Police officers were said to have shot the man on Sunday evening when he allegedly attacked them with a knife during an operation in the asylum-seeker accommodation in Harsefeld, Lower Saxony, AFP reported on Monday.

“The 40-year-old man had attacked the officers with a knife on Monday night,” according to the public prosecutor’s office in Stade. “The police officers then fired several shots.”

After he was shot, the African was taken to a hospital in Stade where he died. The public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation against the police officers involved for possible charge of manslaughter.

According to the German private TV channel ntv, police had already been called twice to the refugee home that evening because the Sudanese had allegedly been threatening several people. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were unclear as at the time of the report. According to the public prosecutor’s office, it is also being investigated whether the police officers acted in self-defence.

Felix Dappah

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