German man 'beat up Afghan teenager on train before doing Nazi salute'

German man 'beat up Afghan teenager on train before doing Nazi salute'

The man allegedly performed a Nazi salute

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A German man allegedly abused an Afghan refugee both physically and verbally before doing a Nazi salute in Vogtland, Saxony.

The 31-year-old is said to have punched the teenager's head and kicked him on the ground on Saturday (October 21), according to RT.

Police claim the incident started on a train and it was when the group got off near the city of Plauen that the man forced the 15-year-old Afghan boy to the ground.

The refugee was then taken to hospital in an ambulance. It is not clear how serious his injuries were but he has now been discharged.

The attack has been recorded as a xenophobic attack by police, as it is claimed the man made racist comments towards the refugee.

Witnesses claim the man also verbally abused two Syrian people who were with the teenager.

The man was found to have alcohol in his system and is currently under investigation for what has been called a racially motivated crime.

Local media said the only staff member on the train was the driver who did not spot anything untoward in the control room.

The Nazi salute remains illegal in Germany, and anyone found guilty of performing it faces a prison sentence of several months.