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Bozdag calls for probe of German fires

ISTANBUL, Turkey, April 2 (UPI) -- The deputy prime minister of Turkey has called on German authorities to investigate claims that two recent fires may have been racially motivated.

"The German authorities and police should take into consideration the claims that neo-Nazis or other groups may be involved in perpetrating arson. All the questions regarding the incidents should be asked, their possible answers should be determined and the public should be informed about the answers by German authorities," Bekir Bozdag said.

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Bozdag's comments come after two fires ripped through apartment buildings in Cologne and Stuttgart in March, killing 10 people.

Those apartments housed residents primarily of Turkish descent, Today's Zaman said.

Bozdag's comments come just weeks before the trial of members of a terrorist neo-Nazi ring, which is allegedly responsible for a string minority killings in Germany, the Turkish newspaper reported.

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