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Man arrested for setting fire to Islamic centre in Copenhagen

Building was full of people when fire was started

The Islamic faith group Islamisk Trossamfund referred to the attack as ‘terrorism’ (photo: iStock)
August 17th, 2015 9:33 am| by Christian W

The police arrested a man yesterday for setting fire to the headquarters of the Islamic faith group Islamisk Trossamfund on Dortheavej in the northwest area of Copenhagen.

The police said the man – who is scheduled to be evaluated psychologically – ignited some flammable liquid that he had tossed up the side of the Islamic centre, which at the time was full of people.

“Witness accounts and investigations have led to the man being charged,” the City Police revealed. “The man is local, was born in 1980 and has been convicted before of vandalism.”

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Could have been bad
The fire was quickly put out and no injuries were reported, but according to Islamisk Trossamfund, the act was an attack on Muslims in Denmark.

“We are deeply shook up about what we see as a terror attack against Danish Muslims,” Imran Shah, the spokesperson for Islamisk Trossamfund, told Ekstra Bladet tabloid.

“It took place during the busiest day of the week with many children in the building. There must be some motive and will-power behind such a hateful attack.”

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