German nationalist censured by own party over Turkish slurs

The nationalist Alternative for Germany party has rebuked one of its leading figures for describing Turks as "camel drivers" and making other anti-migrants slurs.

In a statement, the party's leadership said it decided unanimously Friday to issue a formal warning to Andre Poggenburg, who heads the party's chapter in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Poggenburg's comments during a party rally Wednesday were widely criticized by German officials and members of the Turkish community.

Prosecutors in Dresden, close to where the speech was held, have opened a preliminary investigation against Poggenburg on suspicion of incitement.

The party, known by its acronym AfD, has used provocative statements about migrants, especially Muslims, to stir controversy and ensure a constant media presence.

Founded in 2013, AfD came third in last year's national elections.