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7 are suspected of trying to set fire to a homeless man in Germany


Investigators are questioning seven men who they suspect tried to set a homeless man on fire in a Berlin, Germany, subway station over the holiday weekend. 

Six of the suspects reportedly turned themselves in on Monday night and the seventh was arrested. 

Suspects leaving scene after setting homeless man on fire in Berlin (CCTV footage)

Authorities released this surveillance footage of the men in the subway after they allegedly set a homeless man on fire at the Berlin Schonleinstrasse station. 

Police said in a release that the seven men were between the ages of 15 and 21. Six are from Syria and one is from Libya, but all came to Berlin as asylum-seekers, prosecutors said. 

The 37-year-old homeless man was sleeping on a bench at the subway station Sunday when the men allegedly set his clothes on fire around 2 a.m. 

Several passers-by extinguished the paper, which the man had used to cover himself.

A subway driver who had watched the incident hurried with a fire extinguisher.
Berlin Police

The homeless man, who was intoxicated at the time, escaped unhurt. 

All seven men remain in custody and authorities said they may be charged with suspicion of attempted murder.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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