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Khaled Idris Bahray, a Muslim originally from Eritrea, was found stabbed to death close to his home in southern Dresden on Tuesday morning. The previous night, an estimated 25,000 demonstrators from the far-right Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) group, which proclaims to oppose Islamic extremism, had marched through the center of the German city. Many have now linked the murder of the 20-year-old to the ongoing increase in racist attacks there.

The Leubnitz-Neuostra district of southern Dresden is characterized by unwelcoming Communist-era tower blocks. On Monday evening, Bahray stepped out to buy some cigarettes from a local supermarket, and did not return. His roommates were not initially worried, assuming that he had gone to stay with other friends nearby. His body was found early on Tuesday morning by a neighbor, surrounded by blood and with visible wounds.

The police initially ruled out murder, but after an outcry from local media and the representatives of Germany’s Eritrean community, they reconsidered, and an autopsy was ordered.

“Based on current findings, we conclude that the injury was caused by a stab from a knife. We conclude that it was no accident. It is murder,” said Dresden Police President Dieter Kroll

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