MOSQUES across Bradford will today ask their congregations to remember those killed in Germany this week.

A 43-year-old German man shot dead nine people of immigrant background in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau on Wednesday before killing his mother and himself.

The man, identified as Tobias Rathjen, left a number of rambling texts and videos espousing racist views and claiming to have been under surveillance since birth.

The attack came amid mounting concern about far-right extremism reflected in earlier attacks and the rise of the anti-migrant party Alternative for Germany, or AfD.

The Council for Mosques, Bradford, has issued a statement following the shootings. 

"We seek the protection of Our Lord and forgiveness for those that have passed on," it said.

"We are concerned, according to what we know so far, that this seems to be another act of violence by someone inspired by racist ideas.

"We call upon the authorities to increase their vigilance in this matter and we call upon all those in public life to take more care in their use of language which could be used to increase support for such types of hatred.

"It is important for all of us to remain united so that we can build a more peaceful and harmonious future."