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Homemade bombs explode at mosque in Dresden

Police suspect a xenophobic motive.

Remains of an explosion are pictured at the entrance of the Fatih Camii mosque in Dresden
Remains of an explosion are pictured at the entrance of the Fatih Camii mosque in Dresden
Image: Jens Meyer

BOMB ATTACKS HIT a mosque and a congress centre in the eastern German city of Dresden, police said today, adding that they suspected a xenophobic and nationalist motive.

No-one was injured in the blasts late last night in a city which has become a hotspot for far-right protests amid Germany’s huge migrant influx.

“Although no-one has claimed the attack, we assume a xenophobic motive,” said Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar.

“We also suspect a connection with celebrations next weekend for the Day of German Unity” on Monday, 3 October, he added.

The homemade bombs went off around 8pm GMT and damaged the door of the mosque while the imam and his family were inside, forcing the partial evacuation of the hotel at the city’s international congress centre.

Protests

Dresden, in Germany’s ex-communist east, is the birthplace of the PEGIDA street movement, short for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident.

Its members have angrily protested against the influx of refugees and migrants that last year brought one million asylum seekers to Europe’s biggest economy.

Next Monday, Dresden will host national celebrations to mark 26 years since the reunification of East and West Germany, to be attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck.

In an annual report outlining progress since reunification, the government warned last week that growing xenophobia and right-wing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany.

- © AFP, 2016

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