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Malmö Jewish centre attack "not a hate crime"

Published onsdag 6 mars 2013 kl 10.55
The damage provoked strong reactions. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/Scanpix

An attack on a Malmö Jewish community centre in September 2012 is no longer considered to have been a hate crime, reports news agency TT.

Prosecutors say they are not investigating the case any longer. The incident was initially interpreted by many as a racist attack, and attracted significant media and political attention.

Prosecutor Hans Harding says in a press release that this attack maybe "some sort of prank that escalated, committed by a group of friends who were looking for attention."

The vandalism included a broken window in the front door as well as shots, probably coming from an air gun, since damage wasn’t extensive, says Harding.

Two young men found nearby were initially suspects, but the case against them has been closed.

But prosecutors and police do see a connection between what happened to the Jewish community and other vandalism which took place in other areas of Malmö five days earlier.

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