Two sleeping homeless men doused in flammable liquid and set on fire in Berlin
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Two sleeping homeless men doused in flammable liquid and set on fire in Berlin

TWO homeless men have been left with life-threatening injuries after they were doused in a flammable liquid and deliberately set on fire in Berlin.

The men, aged 47 and 62, were attacked by an unknown assailant at a train station in the Schöneweide suburb shortly before midnight on Sunday.

German tabloid Bild reports that witnesses managed to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher from a nearby kebab shop.

The men, understood to be German citizens, were treated at the scene by emergency services before being rushed to hospital with serious burns.

The 47-year-old victim is believed to be in a coma.

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Detectives have launched an attempted murder investigation, but the motive for the attack is unclear.

Photographs from the cordonned-off scene on Monday morning showed a melted shopping trolly and charred belongings lying on the ground outside the station.

This is far from the first attack in recent years on Berlin's estimated 10,000-strong homeless population.

In 2016, seven young people attempted to set a homeless man on fire at the Schönleinstraße underground station on Christmas Day.

Six months later in June 2017, a 21-year-old man was jailed after lighting a fire next to the head of a man sleeping on a bench at a U-Bahn train station in Kreuzberg.

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Though the 37-year-old rough sleeper was not seriously injured, the attack shocked Germany and struck terror in the homeless community there.