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Turkish PM pays tribute to victims of German fire

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Turkey’s Prime Minister has paid his respects at the site of a fire in Germany in which nine people of Turkish origin perished on Sunday.

Reccep Tayip Erdogan visited the blackened block of flats in the city of Ludwigshafen, ahead of a meeting in Berlin with German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

The blaze has increased tensions between Germans and Turks in the city, amid speculation it could have been a racially-motivated attack.

Erdogan said that it needed to be determined whether the fire was indeed a racist crime.

He thanked the German police for their inquiries so far and said that Turkey has a responsibility for its citizens, including those who live abroad.

He added that if the fire turned out to have been racially motivated, that would need to be vigorously investigated.

Earlier police had received a phone call threatening an attack on one of the buildings Erdogan had been due to visit. Nothing was found and detectives gave the all clear.

Nine people died in the fire, including a pregnant woman, her son and two brothers, aged two and three.

Pictured around the world, the baby who was thrown from the third floor by his parents was caught and survived.

Police say the cause of the blaze is still unknown.