An Afghan asylum seeker who was deported from Germany last week after spending more than eight years in the country has killed himself, Afghan and German officials have said.
The 23-year-old committed suicide at a hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday after being forcibly returned on July 4 along with 68 others, an Afghan official said.
A German interior ministry confirmed the news at a regular news conference saying: “We received confirmation from the Afghan authorities today morning that one of passengers on the repatriation flight was found dead in accommodation in Kabul.
“According to the Afghan authorities, it was a suicide.”
On Tuesday, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer appeared to joke that the 69 deported Afghans were a birthday present.
“Just on my 69th birthday – and I didn’t request it – 69 people were sent back to Afghanistan,” he said with a raised smile on his face.
“That’s way above earlier levels.”