A mosque in one of Sweden’s largest cities was reportedly struck by a Molotov cocktail and vandalized with “racist” (What ‘race’ is Islam?) graffiti early on New Year’s morning in the third such attack in a week.
A mosque in Uppsala was attacked in the early hours of New Years Day. A witness saw a person throw a burning object onto the premises. The fire had gone out by the time the rescue services arrived.
Sverigesradio (h/t mosquito) When police arrived they could see that there had been a fire but that it had died down. There was also offensive graffiti on the entrance doors to the premises. The police investigation is now into arson as well as incitement to racial hatred (What ‘race’ is Islam?).
This is the forth attack against a mosque in Sweden in a matter of days. Police in Eslöv in southern Sweden, are investigating arson, after the mosque there was put on fire on the 29th of December. In Eskilstuna, west of Stockholm, a mosque started burning on Christmas Day, as over 70 people, including children, were in the premises. Five people were taken to hospital. The day after, the tabloid Expressen reported that the window of another mosque in Eskilstuna was destroyed, and two cars, parked outside where damaged.
Lisa Sannervik, with the police in Uppsala said they were not aware of any specific threats issued against the mosque there. “So far we do not know of any motive to why this has been done, but it is probably not a coincidence considering what has happened around the country,” she told Swedish Radio P4.
In a report by the anti-racist organization Expo, published on Wednesday, 2014 is called ” a dark year for practicing muslims in Sweden”. Data collected by the organization shows that, on average, one mosque per month has been under attack.