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Police investigate Swedish mosque attack as hate crime

Islamic center in Saffle hit by homemade explosive device

26.12.2017
Police investigate Swedish mosque attack as hate crime

STOCKHOLM

Police are investigating an attack on a mosque with a homemade bomb as a hate crime, officers said Monday.

The attack on the Islamic Cultural Center in Saffle, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Karsltad, left ball-bearings lodged in the walls of the center’s prayer room.

Broadcaster SVT reported that police had completed a preliminary investigation and were treating the attack as a hate crime.

“Windows were broken and the walls were hit by explosives reinforced with BB pellets,” center Chairman Abdihakem Adan said.

“An average of 100 people come to the mosque and pray every day.”

Sweden is a strong draw for many migrants and about 15 percent of its population was born abroad. An estimated 100,000 ethnic Turks live in the Nordic country.

Later, a “racist attack” on a mosque in Sodermalm district of Stockholm took place on Tuesday, the imam of the mosque said.

“In the morning, some unidentified people attached the cross, a symbol of Christians, on the entrance door. They do not want us to be here. They want us to close the mosque,” Khaled Abdel, imam of the Stockholm Mosque, told Anadolu Agency.

Reporting by Atilla Altuntas:Writing by Seyit Ahmet Aytac

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