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7 asylum-seekers suspected of trying to set homeless man on fire in Germany

The subway station Schoenleinstrasse in Berlin, seen in a 2010 file photo.

The subway station Schoenleinstrasse in Berlin, seen in a 2010 file photo.  (AP)

German investigators were questioning seven young men suspected of trying to set a homeless man alight in a Berlin subway station over Christmas.

Six of the suspects turned themselves in Monday evening and the seventh was arrested after authorities released surveillance camera pictures and video footage of them in a subway train, police said Tuesday.

The suspects are between 15 and 21. Six are from Syria and one is from Libya, and all came to Berlin as asylum-seekers, according to prosecutors.

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The 37-year-old homeless man was sleeping on a bench in the Schoenleinstrasse subway station when his clothes were set ablaze at around 2 a.m. Sunday. Passers-by extinguished the paper that he apparently had used to cover himself, and a train driver used a fire extinguisher to prevent the flames from spreading.

The man, who was intoxicated, was unhurt.

Prosecutors are seeking to keep all seven suspects in custody pending possible charges on suspicion of attempted murder.