Firebomb attack against mosque in Germany
18 November 2004 , HEIDELBERG - A mosque in the southwestern German town of Sinsheim was damaged on Thursday in an overnight firebomb attack.
18 November 2004
HEIDELBERG - A mosque in the southwestern German town of Sinsheim was damaged on Thursday in an overnight firebomb attack.
In the attack, the mosque's wooden door was damaged when the firebomb struck and destroyed a glass pane above the door, starting a fire.
A nearby woman resident discovered the flames and extinguished them herself, the prosecutor's office said. There was no damage to the interior of the mosque, while the overall damage was estimated at EUR 10,000.
The incident comes amid fears of rising tensions between Muslims and the general German population of the kind now being witnessed in the neighbouring Netherlands, where filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered by an suspected Muslim fanatic for his criticism of Islam.
In the wake of that incident, there were attacks on both Christian churches and mosques in the Netherlands, with opinion polls showing an increasing anti-Muslim sentiment in the Dutch population.
Subject: German news