Arson suspected as fire hits mosque
5 November 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A Utrecht mosque was damaged by fire on Friday morning in what the Union of Moroccan Mosques described as an arson attack.
5 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — A Utrecht mosque was damaged by fire on Friday morning in what the Union of Moroccan Mosques described as an arson attack.
Police said the fire extinguished itself, but the mosque, which is still under construction, suffered substantial smoke and soot damage. Police have launched an investigation.
The mosque association said flammable liquid was found at various places in the building, but because the mosque had not been furnished the fire had been unable to spread. The culprits entered the building through a smashed window.
A union spokesman said mosque officials reacted with shock to the fire, but had remained calm. Due to the fact the culprits left nothing behind, the motive for the fire is not known.
The mosque is scheduled to open in about two months and the fire is not expected to delay the opening.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news