Hanau shootings

Coordinates: 50°07′59″N 08°54′48″E / 50.13306°N 8.91333°E / 50.13306; 8.91333
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2020 Hanau shootings
Part of terrorism in Germany
LocationHanau, Hesse, Germany
Coordinates50°07′59″N 08°54′48″E / 50.13306°N 8.91333°E / 50.13306; 8.91333
Date19 February 2020 (2020-02-19)
22:00 CET (UTC+01:00)
WeaponsGlock 17 9×19mm Parabellum semi-automatic pistol[1]
Deaths11 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorTobias Rathjen
MotiveFar-right extremism, xenophobia

On 19 February 2020, two mass shootings occurred, targeting two shisha bars in Hanau, Hesse, Germany. Nine people were murdered and many others seriously wounded. After the attacks, the alleged perpetrator killed his mother and committed suicide. Police believe these attacks to have had a xenophobic, right-wing extremist motive.

Chancellor Angela Merkel cancelled a planned trip to Halle, Saxony-Anhalt and expressed her condolences to the victims' families.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hanau-Attentäter bestellte Tatwaffe in Onlineshop". RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (in German). 20 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  2. Nadine Schmidt; Sheena McKenzie. "Nine killed at two shisha bars in Germany in suspected far-right attack". CNN News.