Two suspects in firebombing at German paper released

12th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

Police have released two suspects detained after the firebombing of a German tabloid that published cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo mocking the Prophet Mohammed, officials said Monday.

The two men, aged 35 and 39, were picked up in the northern port city of Hamburg soon after the early-morning attack on the regional daily Hamburger Morgenpost Sunday, which caused only minor damage.

Investigators said there was not enough evidence to keep the two in custody for the firebombing, which has an undetermined motive.

"The men denied any connection with the arson attack under questioning by officers from the state security service," Hamburg police said in a statement.

"The suspicion against them could not be confirmed based on the findings of the investigation," police added. "The suspects were released after their identities were established."

Police said the probe was continuing and that they are still trying to establish whether there was a connection between the German newspaper's show of support for Charlie Hebdo, where jihadist gunmen slaughtered 12 people on Wednesday in Paris, and the firebombing.

The Hamburger Morgenpost, known locally as the MOPO, had splashed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page Thursday with the headline "This much freedom must be possible!"

© 2015 AFP

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