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Intelligence service investigating mosque "attack"

Published fredag 26 december 2014 kl 17.33
Meddelanden, ljus efter moskébrand i Eskilstuna. Foto: Ida Lindhagen/Sveriges Radio.
Anti-racists converged to "love bomb" the mosque with messages of support. Photo: Ida Lindhagen/Sveriges Radio.

The Swedish Intelligence Service Säpo are investigating the suspected firebomb attack on an Eskilstuna mosque, Christmas Day.

News agency TT reports that Säpo has been brought in as a political motive is thought to lie behind the bombing.

Around 70 people were using the basement room when an object was thrown through a window. The Somali association had rented the meeting room to use as a mosque.

The whole tower block had to be evacuated.

Two people are still being treated in hospital, one seriously injured but stable.

Säpo is contributing intelligence work and sharing its knowledge of the criminal circles suspected of involvement in the attack. The Security Service focuses on tackling political extremist threats, as well as foreign espionage.

And another mosque in the same town was attacked the evening after the firebomb, reports news agency TT. A window was broken. Two cars were damaged. Police are not sure whether there is a link to the earlier attack.

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