Forensic experts work around a damaged car after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, February 20, 2020.
Forensic experts work around a damaged car after a shooting in Hanau near Frankfurt, Germany, February 20, 2020. Credit: Michael Probst/AP

A gunman suspected of shooting dead nine people on Wednesday evening at two shisha bars in the German city of Hanau had a far-right motive, according to German federal prosecutors.

Authorities believe the 43-year-old man returned home after the rampage that left nine people dead and shot himself.

He was found dead in his apartment early Thursday morning along with his dead mother, according to the region’s interior minister, Peter Beuth.

The total number of people killed — including the suspect — is 11, with another person seriously injured, added Beuth.

Federal prosecutors have now taken over the investigation and there are “indications of a right-wing extremist background,” Reuters reported, citing a spokesman for the prosecutors.

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