Germany: Police say 24 suspects arrested after overnight riots in Stuttgart

Stuttgart police said 19 police officers were injured and 24 suspects including 12 German citizens arrested during overnight riots in the city. Officials were speaking at a news conference on Sunday. «The suspects are from all possible countries: Bosnia, Portugal, Iran, Iraq, Croatia, Somalia, Afghanistan. Out of the suspects with German citizenship three are with a migrant background,» said Thomas Berger, Stuttgart deputy police chief. Those in custody include 12 German citizens. Violence broke out at around midnight after officers started conducting checks at the city's main square. After a 17-year-old German was stopped over an alleged drug offence hundreds of young people began throwing stones and bottles at officers. The crowd then resorted to looting stores and smashing vehicles until the situation was brought under control at around 3 am. «These are incredible events that have left me stunned, and that I've never experienced in all my 46 years of police service,» said Frank Lutz, Stuttgart police chief. Lutz ruled out any political motives behind the riots.

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