A town has put a temporary ban on refugees after an alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl. The girl was walking home alone April 25 when three men attacked her. The local prosecutor in Tulln, a town of about 15,000 people, ordered 59 male asylum seekers to submit DNA samples after the victims’ testimony.
An Afghan and a Somali citizen have since been arrested. A third suspect remains on the run.
Peter Eisenschenk, Tulln’s mayor, informed the regional government Tuesday that the town will not accept any refugees for the time being, newspaper Heute reports.
“For me, there is zero tolerance for criminal asylum seekers who abuse their rights as guests and in view of what these criminals did to the girl, the full severity of the law is demanded,” Eisenschenk said at a town hall meeting.
Austria accepted around 90,000 migrants in 2015. It has since imposed border controls to curb the influx.