The town was expecting the arrival of 150 refugees. Authorities are still investigating whether anti-migrant sentiments were the motivation behind the attacks.
The Bavarian town of Marklkofen-Steinberg saw two arson attacks on empty tent accommodation set up for incoming Ukrainian refugees, local authorities reported on Thursday (February 2).
The first attack took place on Wednesday and the second on Thursday morning.
Extremist motivation for the attacks cannot be ruled out, investigators have said.
Bavaria's Central Office for Combating Extremism and Terrorism (ZET) took over the investigation from the Landshut public prosecutor's office, suspecting arson.
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The tent was set up at short notice due to migrant accommodation shortages in the area, according to the Dingolfing-Landau district office that is expecting to accommodate about 150 refugees.
After the first attack, the district office commissioned a security company to monitor the area. A security company employee hired to extinguish the first fire had noticed the second fire and was able to extinguish it.
According to investigators, the first fire damaged the wooden floor of the accommodation, as well as in small areas on the tent wall.
With EPD and AFP