Lutz Bachmann, the founder of Pegida, has resigned his leadership of the anti-Islam group following widespread outrage over Facebook photos of him in an Adolf Hitler costume.

Bachmann said he wanted to apologize "sincerely to all citizens who felt attacked by his posts" in a statement published on Pegida's Facebook page on Wednesday.

The picture from earlier this year, which showed Bachmann with the Nazi leader's trademark side parting and toothbrush moustache, was captioned "he's back!".

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