'Neo-Nazi' accused of Islamic school bombing

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17 December 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The 18-year-old man arrested by police on suspicion of bombing an Islamic school shortly after the murder of Theo van Gogh last month is allegedly a member of a neo-Nazi gang.

17 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — The 18-year-old man arrested by police on suspicion of bombing an Islamic school shortly after the murder of Theo van Gogh last month is allegedly a member of a neo-Nazi gang.

The teenager was arrested on Sunday and justice sources have indicated that more arrests are expected. Dutch authorities hope to arrest other members of the gang, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

The blast at the Tarieq Ibnoe Ziyad school took place at about 3.30am on 8 November. No one was injured, but the school entrance was badly damaged and windows in nearby homes were shattered.

Police immediately suspected the explosion was retaliation for the shooting and stabbing of Van Gogh in Amsterdam on 2 November. An alleged Islamic militant was arrested for the crime.

The bombing was part of a series of arson and vandalism attacks against mosques and other Islamic targets in the Netherlands. In turn, Christian churches were also hit as social tension mounted following Van Gogh's murder.

A report released this week by Leiden University and the Anne Frank Foundation indicated that 174 racist and extreme right violent incidents were recorded last month. Muslims were the victims in 106 cases.

The sixth Racism and Extreme Right Monitor said the sudden rise in racist and extreme right-wing violence in November was similar to that witnessed after the 11 September attacks in the US.

It also said the extreme right in the Netherlands has strengthened in the past two years: problems with right-wing youth culture worsened, the number of activists increased, and new political parties were established.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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