Dutch mosque burnt down

A small Dutch mosque in the south of the country has been burnt down but no one was injured in what police suspect is the latest in a spate of arson attacks against religious targets.

    There has been a wave of arson attacks on religious places

    "We are assuming it was arson," police spokeswoman Judith Verbaan said of the blaze at Helden on Saturday.

     

    "The fire broke out at 6am (0500 GMT) and was brought under control in about 10

    minutes."

       

    The Netherlands has seen an upsurge in violence since controversial filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed by a suspected Islamist as he cycled to work on 2 November, raising tensions in a country known for its tolerance.

     

    Arson attacks

       

    More than 10 mosques and churches have been hit by arson attacks since he was killed.

     

    Police said on Thursday they had already arrested "several dozen" people in connection with a wave of arson attacks, bomb threats, letters containing

    suspicious powder and far-right vandalism since the murder.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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