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Riot police buses targeted in suspected arson ahead of G7 summit

Published : 23 Jun 2022, 02:57

  DF News Desk

Forensics investigators work on police buses that burned out during the night. Eight German riot police buses have been set on fire in Munich just four days ahead of the G7 summit that is set to take place at Bavaria's Schloss Elmau resort. Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa.

Eight German riot police buses have been set on fire in Munich just four days ahead of the G7 summit that is set to take place at Bavaria's Schloss Elmau resort, reported dpa.

Munich police told dpa that the vehicles had been parked outside a hotel where officers were staying before being deployed to the summit venue. It was being treated as suspected arson, he added.

No one was injured in the incident.

The news comes two days after Interior Minister Nancy Faeser declared no major unrest was expected at the summit.

Franz Haslbeck of the protest alliance "Stop G7 Elmau" distanced himself from the incident, saying that the movement stood for peaceful protest.

A police search for possible perpetrators, including with a helicopter, was initially unsuccessful, a police spokesperson said.

Earlier this week, unknown perpetrators tampered with electrical distribution boxes located within the security perimeter around the venue.

Heads of state and government from the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada are to gather at the resort hotel from June 26-28.