German police are searching for a man, described as sporting a “Hitler mustache,” who attacked two Afghans with a "steel helmet bearing a swastika" in the eastern town of Geising on Sunday afternoon.
In a statement, Saxony police said that a bald 25- to 30-year old man, wearing a so-called "Hitler mustache" and a steel helmet, insulted two Afghan men, ages 21 and 26, before striking the younger with the helmet.
During the altercation, the attacker raised his hand in a “Hitler salute,” according to police. He did not stop the attack until bystanders intervened, police said.
Police are asking the public to help identify the suspect, who fled shortly after the attack. German law prohibits the display of Nazi symbols or the Nazi salute.
A flood of migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries — totaling 1.1 million in 2015 — have crossed into the country after German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the borders to asylum-seekers last September.