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Two Men Jailed for Torching Refugee Home

June 18, 1992

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Two men who set fire to a refugee home were sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in the latest trial of Germans arrested for attacking foreigners.

Holger Bruett, 23, and Thorsten Hagelstein, 26, were sentenced Wednesday for arson in the Sept. 30 attack on a shelter for 250 foreigners seeking asylum.

The two men poured gasoline in the entrance and on the first floor of the home and set it on fire, prosecutors said. The fire on the stone-tile floor quickly went out, and there were no injuries.

Anti-foreigner violence has been on the rise in Germany, where thousands of refugees have sought asylum.

On Wednesday, police in Berlin said a small bomb was exploded on a window sill of a refugee home. It caused minor damage and no injuries.

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