Several arson attacks have been carried out on cars belonging to a real estate company in Berlin.

Five vehicles were set on fire at various locations in the German capital.

A total of at least 16 vehicles were destroyed or damaged by the flames on Wednesday night, the police said.

The attacks on company cars occurred in Wedding, Tempelhof, Steglitz as well as Friedrichsfelde and Alt-Hohenschönhausen.

Apparently it was a planned action because the arsonists struck almost simultaneously in the widely separated places: According to the investigators, all acts occurred between 1:45 a.m. and around 2 a.m.

According to media reports, it was company vehicles such as vans that belonged to the largest German housing company Vonovia.

The state protection of the criminal police in the State Criminal Police Office (LKA), which is responsible for crimes committed by political extremists, is determined.

Cars from real estate companies and logistics companies are repeatedly set on fire by left-wing extremists in Berlin.

Often, afterwards, there are confessional texts on the websites of the left-wing radical scene.

In numerous other arson attacks on cars in Berlin, the perpetrators have no political motive, the reasons are often vandalism or personal acts of revenge.