Anti-Assad activist axe murdered in Germany

The death of a Syrian activist in a brutal killing in Hamburg has raised questions over whether he was targeted for his opposition to the regime of president Bashar al-Assad.

Mohamed Joune was found on a busy Hamburg street on Wednesday evening covered in blood. One of his fingers had been cut off and he had multiple injuries to his face and body. According to local reports he appeared to have been attacked with an axe. He was rushed to hospital but later died of his injuries.

The 48-year-old was found in the street outside the offices of the Union of Syrians Abroad, a non-profit organisation he ran to provide humanitarian support to victims of the civil war in Syria, and to offer support to Syrian refugees living outside the country.