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Germany: Suspected left-wing extremists attack the home of NRW Interior Minister Reul

Leichlingen - Masked people attacked the home of the North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) in Leichlingen on Sunday afternoon. They are said to have pelted the residence with objects and ignited pyrotechnics, as the responsible police in the Rheinisch Bergisch district announced.

The Leverkusener Anzeiger reported an aggressive mood among the attackers. According to Bild, neighbors had observed a heavily smoking object in the politician's garden. Around 4 p.m., residents reported a crowd of at least 15 people chanting slogans and holding banners in front of the politician's house.

Police acquaintance, 31-year-old from the left spectrum arrested
Shortly afterwards, the group quickly dispersed again and fled to the surrounding forests. Interior Minister Reul was not at home during the attack. Three hundreds and a helicopter were involved in the search for the suspects.

A 31-year-old man from the left scene who was known to the police was temporarily arrested, but released a little later. It is unclear whether he participated in the attack.

The background to the act is still unknown, but the police do not rule out a connection with the new assembly law planned in North Rhine-Westphalia. As early as the summer, this led to protests, some of which were violent, by left and left-wing extremist groups.

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