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    A mosque is seen in aftermath of a blaze, that police are investigating as arson, in the Vivalla area of Orebro, Sweden September 26, 2017

    Mosque in Southern Sweden Reportedly Destroyed in Suspected Arson Attack (PHOTO)

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    A mosque in the city of Orebro in the south of Sweden was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, local media reported, adding that a 20-year-old man was detained on suspicion of being behind the arson attack.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, emergency services were extinguishing the fire early on Tuesday, but it flared up again around 12:00 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT).

    "We fully refrain from any speculation about the motive of this crime," Bo Andersson, the local police chief, said, as quoted by the newspaper.

    The detainee was reportedly known to the police.

    According to other media reports, nobody was injured in the fire, but the mosque itself was completely destroyed.

    In May, Sweden's largest Shiite Imam Ali mosque, located in northern Stockholm, was also set on fire.

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