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Man shot in Duisburg biker bar bathroom

A 32-year-old man is dead after a shoot-out at a biker gang bar in Duisburg, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Friday morning.

Man shot in Duisburg biker bar bathroom
Bandidos members outside the bar after the shooting. Photo: DPA

Paramedics found the man, who had sustained a severe head injury, in the Hochfeld district establishment’s bathroom on Thursday evening. He died shortly thereafter at a nearby hospital, police said.

According to witnesses, several shots were fired at the “Bandidos Place” bar, which is a known meeting point for the similarly named Texas-based biker gang embroiled in a rivalry with the Hells Angels. Both are suspected of organised crime activities.

Police are searching for several vehicles that were seen fleeing the bar after the shooting. Investigators remain uncertain about whether the incident was related to the biker gang feud.

Biker violence in Europe has made headlines periodically in recent months in what police have called an escalating gang war. In August a member of a biker gang was shot and killed in Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen district.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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