Several asylum seekers were detained following a violent outburst in the Upper Franconian Anchor Centre for migrants in the northern Bavarian town of Bamberg.
Sputnik News Police were called to the site after a disturbance was reported. The first patrol on the scene was attacked with paving stones and other metal objects while one of the apartments in the center was set on fire.
Eritreans, along with other Muslim residents of the centre, reportedly attacked the police and security staff and barricaded themselves inside the premises. They also allegedly set one of the apartments on fire. Nine of the suspected rioters were treated for smoke inhalation. The fire also caused property damage worth around 100,000 euros.
The investigators strongly suspect the migrants, who attacked the police, intended to kill them, the German outlet Die Welt reports.
Three months earlier, in an attempt to sort out migration problems, the authorities turned seven transit centres in Bavaria into so-called anchor centres, which were designed to speed up asylum procedures for migrants who are unlikely to have the right to stay. According to Die Welt, police have had to deal with numerous offences and similar incidents in such Muslim migrant facilities.