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German police probe fire at far-right politician’s cottage

Posted at 10:56 AM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 13:56:46-04

BERLIN (AP) — Police in eastern Germany say they’re investigating if someone tried to kill a far-right politician by setting fire to a cottage in Saxony-Anhalt state where the man was sleeping.

German news agency dpa reported that the 32-year-old member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, and a 27-year-old woman were inside the cottage in Arendsee municipality when a noise woke the woman early Sunday.

Dpa says the woman said she saw someone outside a window run away and then noticed a fire burning below the window. The news agency says she and the man put out the flames.

Dpa says AfD members had a summer celebration at the location of the cottage on Saturday.

Police say they’re looking for an arson suspect.