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Arson attack on Roma premises in Malmö

Published fredag 6 februari 2015 kl 08.57
Krossade fönster vid romsk föreningslokal. Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT
The premises in Malmö.Photo:Johan Nilsson/TT

Premises used by a local Roma association in Malmö was firebombed shortly after midnight. A cleaner who had been in the building at the time managed to extinguish the blaze.

"One of the bottles began to burn and a person who was in the building managed to extinguish the fire," said Peter Martin, a spokesperson at Skåne police, to news agency TT.

A window to the premises on Murmans Street was smashed and two bottles of flammable liquid were thrown in.

"It is very serious, given that someone tried to set fire to a building," said Peter Martin.

The cleaner who put out the fire did not have a phone and drove his car to alert a friend, who called emergency services. The man was later examined on site by paramedics. Police, who are treating the incident as arson, have carried out a forensic search of the premises.

The attack came on the eve of the release of a report about discrimination against Roma in Sweden.

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