Germany’s foreign minister has slammed the “disgusting and cowardly” attack on the office of a Senegal-born German MP.

Police have launched a criminal probe after “bullet holes” in the window of the property in Halle, 150 kilometres south-west of Berlin.

The office is used by Karamba Diaby, from the Social Democratic Party, but was reportedly empty at the time of the incident.

Dr Diaby posted an image of three bullet holes on social media.

Police in Halle confirmed that a criminal probe had been launched and that a forensic technician had secured evidence at the scene.

Officers were deployed in the Kleine Ul-richstraße on Wednesday morning after reports that “unknown persons fired at several buildings”, including the office of a Bundestag politician.

“We cannot say at this time what caused the damage”, the statement continued.