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Turkey condemns pig's-head vandalism of German mosque

Foreign minister criticizes Islamophobic, racist 'attack' placing pig's head on door of mosque in city of Vaihingen

Dilara Hamit   | 18.05.2020
Turkey condemns pig's-head vandalism of German mosque

ANKARA

An Islamophobic incident in which a pig’s head was mounted onto the door of mosque in southern Germany drew condemnation from Turkey on Monday.

"Racism&Islamophobia still continue in Europe even during Holy Ramadan & pandemic. Desecration of our mosque in Germany is the latest example," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted.

"The symbol used in this heinous attack illustrates this sick mindset. Perpetrators should be apprehended immediately," he said.

The incident took place Saturday at the Fatih Mosque in the city of Vaihingen, run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs.

The incident took place around midnight and was recorded by surveillance cameras. Two people are said to be involved in the act.

Germany has witnessed growing Islamophobia and hatred toward migrants in recent years triggered by far-right parties exploiting fears over refugees and terrorism.

Last year similarly a pig's head and blood were placed on the grounds of a mosque in Monchengladbach, and a pig's head and hooves were left at the site of a planned mosque in Rostock.

A country of over 80 million people, Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin. Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.
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