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Hitler Moustasche-Wearing Man Attacks Two Afghan Migrants In Ore Mountains, Germany

19/01/2016 10:27 GMT | Updated 19/01/2016 10:59 GMT

Two Afghan men were attacked in Germany by a man wearing a Hitler moustasche and a steel helmet, who gave the Nazi salute after the attack.

The men, aged 21 and 26, were on a hill popular for sledding in the Ore Mountains in Altenberg, in east Germany, on Sunday morning when the attack took place.

"It was only when passersby intervened that he let go of the victim and left," a police spokesman told German tabloid Bild, adding the culprit had given the Nazi salute at one point.

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People sledding in Altenberg (file picture)

The 21-year-old was injured and required medical treatment, the paper reported.

Police in Dresden said they were investigating the man for aggravated assault and the unconstitutional symbols. Nazi symbols and gestures are specifically banned in Germany.

Under Angela Merkel's leadership, Germany has welcomed hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees amid the biggest movement of people since The Second World War, which has inflamed the country's far right.

Germany's warm reception to refugees has been marred recently by the organised sex assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve, which are now believed to be the work of migrants. Police said the 1,000 attackers were "mainly of North Africa and Arab origin".

The first suspect has been arrested in connection with the attacks. The 26-year-old Algerian man was carrying a mobile taken from a woman who said she was robbed after being groped.