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Arson attacks on cars surge in Berlin

2011-08-19 07:24:10 GMT2011-08-19 15:24:10(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Fire fighters extinguish a fire in the yard of a car retailer in the Schmoeckwitz district of Berlin August 19, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Fire fighters extinguish a fire in a burnt car in the yard of a car retailer in the Schmoeckwitz district of Berlin August 19, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

A man walks past the wreckage of two burnt cars in Berlin's Charlottenburg district August 18, 2011. Arsonists on Wednesday set on fire a series of mostly expensive cars in Berlin for the third consecutive night. [Photo/Agencies]

Burned cars are on display inside the police station for confiscated cars in Berlin August 18, 2011. Arsonists on Wednesday set on fire a series of mostly expensive cars in Berlin for the third consecutive night. [Photo/Agencies]

Burned cars are on display inside the police station for confiscated cars in Berlin August 18, 2011. Arsonists on Wednesday set on fire a series of mostly expensive cars in Berlin for the third consecutive night. [Photo/Agencies]

Fire fighters inspect a burnt car in the Koepenick district of Berlin August 19, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

German politicians urged tough action on Thursday against a surge in arson attacks on cars in Berlin, blamed by some on the far right or far left, but by the police on common criminals. Nightly car-burnings have been going on for years in the otherwise relatively safe German capital but the number has recently surged, reaching 47 in the past three nights alone.

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