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Swedish mosque gutted in suspected arson attack

27th Sep 2017
Swedish mosque gutted in suspected arson attack

By Atilla Altuntas

 

STOCKHOLM (AA): A mosque in the southern Swedish city of Orebro has been completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack, a fire department official said on Tuesday. One person has been arrested.There are no reports of injuries.

Firefighters arrived at the site at 2 a.m. local time (0000GMT) but the mosque was completely gutted, according to Orebro fire chief Ulf Jacobsen.

No one was injured in the blaze, Jacobsen said, adding that evidence pointed to it being an arson attack.

At a press conference just before lunchtime on Tuesday police confirmed that one person had been arrested suspected of arson, and noted they “see no political or religious motive for the crime”.

Örebro Mosque moved to the building, which was previously used by Jehovah’s Witnesses, in 2007. It welcomes more than 5,000 visitors a month of around 25 different nationalities, according to its website.

The Orebro mosque — which has a capacity for 250 people — was built in 2007 in the Vivalla neighborhood, home to Muslims from various countries.

The Sunni mosque was attacked in 2014, when someone threw a bottle with flammable contents through a window. However, a fire did not break out as a result.

The incident came after another suspected arson attack last May partially destroyed a Shia mosque in the Stockholm suburb of Jakobsberg.

An investigation by the Islamic Cooperation Council in Sweden revealed in 2015 that seven out of 10 mosques in the country had been attacked.

Sweden is a strong draw for many migrants and about 15 percent of its population was born abroad. An estimated 100,000 Turks live in the Nordic country.

Additional report by The Muslim News

Map of Sweden by P S.Burton/Creative Commons]

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