Arson, swastika attack on Strasbourg mosque

21st April 2004, Comments 0 comments

STRASBOURG, April 20 (AFP) - Swastikas were daubed on the door of a mosque in the eastern French city of Strasbourg and two rubbish bins set on fire without causing damage to the building, police said Tuesday.

STRASBOURG, April 20 (AFP) - Swastikas were daubed on the door of a mosque in the eastern French city of Strasbourg and two rubbish bins set on fire without causing damage to the building, police said Tuesday.

An anti-Arab slogan with grammatical mistakes was also scrawled on the wall of the mosque, used mostly by members of the city's Turkish community.

The mosque's imam, who lives in the building, heard a noise in the early hours of Tuesday and put out the fire, according to mosque officials.

"This hateful act is aimed at the whole Muslim community and is part of a local climate in which acts of a racist and Islamophobic nature are becoming more frequent," Abdelhaq Nabaoui, president of the Alsace regional council of the Muslim religion, said, listing several "similar" events in recent weeks in the region.

Last week an attempt was made to burn down a mosque at Haguenau near Strasbourg and two swastikas were daubed on its walls.

Swastikas were also painted on the walls of a funeral parlour in another small town near Strasbourg and an arson attempt made on it, Nabaoui said.

In early April five tombstones - four Muslim, one Jewish- in the military cemetery in the Strasbourg district of Cronenbourg were desecrated by swastikas.

© AFP

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