The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has made it clear that it still considers the Hanau attack to be racially motivated. "The BKA rates the crime as clearly right-wing extremist. The fact that the crime was committed was based on racist motives," tweeted BKA President Holger Münch.
The authority reacted to media reports from the weekend, according to which BKA investigators now assessed the crime differently. The attacker Tobias R. did not go through a typical extreme right-wing radicalization, and racism was not the dominant aspect of his world view, it said. Rather, he chose his victims to get as much attention as possible for his conspiracy theories about intelligence agencies.
R. shot nine people with a migration background in Hanau, Hesse on February 19. The 43-year-old and his mother were later found dead in their apartment. R. had spread abstruse thoughts and racist views on the Internet.
Attorney General Peter Frank had taken over the investigation. From the beginning it was said that there was "serious evidence for a racist background of the deed". The Federal Criminal Police Office has commissioned the BKA to carry out further investigations.