Police suspect a fire-bomber is attacking Berlin mosques

Dec 9 2010 - 6:15pm

BERLIN -- Police in Berlin were hunting Thursday for an attacker thought to have targeted mosques with fire bombs at least 10 times.

The inquiry began after a fire bomb was thrown early in the day at an Islamic cultural center in Berlin, sending a sheet of flame up the facade. German police said "information" was found at the scene suggesting there had been more than 10 serial attacks.

This was more than the number of mosque attacks police have on file for this year. The city's police unit on political crime said it was possible that some other attacks had gone unreported.

Police did not explain what the information found at the scene was.

A police working party is to combine all the separate investigations in one office.

Thursday's fire at a center belonging to the Islamic Culture Community formed by Iranians in the capital extinguished itself after blackening the wall.

Residents near the center in Tempelhof called police after seeing flames several meters high.

Eleven days earlier, a fire bomb was thrown at the al-Nur Mosque in the city's Neukoelln neighborhood.

The Sehitlik Mosque, Berlin biggest mosque, has been attacked four times this year with fire bombs.


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