Swastikas daubed on Swedish mosque

Police confirm they are investigating hate crime after incident in Stockholm suburb

Swastikas daubed on Swedish mosque

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police in Stockholm are investigating a Saturday attack on a mosque in which neo-Nazi and anti-Muslim slogans were daubed near the place of worship.

Swastikas and the text “kill Muslims” had been scribbled near the entrance of the mosque in the southwestern Stockholm suburb of Bredang, not far from the center of the Swedish capital. 

A loud bang was also reported before 8 a.m. local time (0700GMT) from an adjacent gym during morning prayers. Firework residue was found at the building but no injuries were reported.  

Police spokesperson Sven-Erik Olsson told Anadolu Agency there were no suspects yet.

“We’ve been to the mosque to take photos and we’ve reported this as a case of destruction of property and incitement to hatred,” he added.

“It [the mosque] is located on the second floor and someone had scribbled swastikas and ‘kill Muslims’ on all three walls at the entrance,” Olsson said.

In October police suspected arson was behind a fire which damaged a Muslim prayer room in Malmo, southern Sweden.

An investigation by the Islamic Cooperation Council in Sweden last year revealed seven out of 10 mosques in the country had been attacked.

Radio Sweden put together a list in 2014 describing 13 incidents of mosque attacks across the nation that year.

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