Seven migrants arrested after a sleeping homeless man was set on fire on Christmas Eve at a Berlin subway station
- Men, aged 15 to 21, are suspected of torching the victim as he slept on platform
- Six suspects of the attack at Schönleinstraße station are Syrian and one is Lybian
- Detectives in Berlin have opened an attempted murder investigation after attack
- Men appear to flee on train and are spotted celebrating as they watch man burn
Seven migrants have been arrested after a homeless man was set on fire on Christmas Eve at a Berlin subway station.
The men, aged 15 to 21, are suspected of torching the victim as he slept on a platform bench at Schönleinstraße station.
Six of the suspects are Syrian and one is Lybian and an attempted murder investigation has been launched.
Thomas Neuendorf, the vice chief of the press office at Berlin Police, told Bild that detectives believe the 21-year-old to have been the main perpetrator.
He, along with his alleged accomplices, were arrested on yesterday.
After torching the homeless man, the suspected assailants hopped onto a train to make their getaway.
CCTV footage captured them watching and laughing as the man was burning on the platform.
It appeared they were celebrating, according to local press.
Remarkably, the victim escaped almost unscathed, thanks to the rapid intervention of several witnesses.