Stockholm, May 1 (AP) A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in an attack against a mosque near Stockholm that caused major damage, Swedish police said today. Also Read - 'Reacting to Sushant Singh Rajput': YouTuber PewDiePie's Beautiful Tribute to Dil Bechara's 'Cool Dude' Tugs Emotional Cords in Fans Hearts | WATCH
Stockholm police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the suspect was questioned and then arrested, but did not elaborate pending an investigation. Also Read - 'Disappointing And Saddening': Truecaller on Being in The List of 89 Apps Banned by Indian Army
No one was injured in the blaze late yesterday. Only a handful were in the building at the time, but earlier up to 500 people had attended celebrations at the Shiite mosque, one of the largest in the Scandinavian country. Also Read - 'Emperors Are Naked. Every Single One': Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Makes Strong Statements, Spills Beans on Her Lockdown Activities
Haider Ibrahim, chairman of the Shiite community in Sweden, told Swedish national news agency TT there had been threats and “expressions of hatred against us”.
Mosque spokesman Akil Zahiri said he was “very troubled” as the mosque wasn’t only his workplace but also “felt like another home”.
Bystrom said it appeared that the fire had been lit from outside the building.
In October, a Syrian man was arrested in an arson attack against a Shiite prayer room in the southwestern city of Malmo. No one was injured in that attack.
As asylum-seekers have flooded into Sweden in recent years, anti-migrant sentiment has grown and there have been increasing xenophobic attacks, including 112 fires last year at refugee reception centres, most of them arson. (AP) RC
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