Third Mosque Attacked in Sweden: Reports

© REUTERS / Pontus Stenberg/TT News Agency A mosque was attacked in Sweden's fourth largest city, Uppsala, on New Year's Day, which is the third arson incident occurring in the country in the past week, local news agencies report.
A mosque was attacked in Sweden's fourth largest city, Uppsala, on New Year's Day, which is the third arson incident occurring in the country in the past week, local news agencies report. - Sputnik International
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The third arson incident within the past week took place in Sweden on New Year's Day, the police are still searching for the culprit.

Police officers investigate a suspected arson attack after a fire in the basement of a mosque in the southern Swedish town of Eslov, Monday Dec. 29, 2014 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW, January 2 (Sputnik) – A mosque was attacked in Sweden's fourth largest city, Uppsala, on New Year's Day, which is the third arson incident occurring in the country in the past week, local news agencies report.

"Someone threw a firebomb, a Molotov cocktail, at the [mosque] building," Uppsala police spokesman Torsten Hemlin told Swedish news agency TT Thursday, adding that the vandals also "wrote some vulgar, racist words".

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According to Hemlin, there were no people in the mosque at the time of the attack. Police are still searching for the culprit.

On December 29 a mosque was damaged by fire in the southern Swedish town of Eslov, located north of Malmo. No one was injured in the suspected arson attack.

On Christmas Day, an arsonist attacked a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna. The fire injured five people.

After the Eskilstuna incident, government officials urged Swedes to reject xenophobia and protect religious freedom.

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