German newspaper that reprinted Charlie Hebdo cartoons firebombed

A German newspaper in the northern port city of Hamburg that reprinted Mohammed cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack early Sunday, police said. 

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Jan 11, 2015, 15:42 PM IST
German newspaper that reprinted Charlie Hebdo cartoons firebombed

Berlin: Less than a week after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's office was firebombed for its controversial cartoons on Prophet Muhammad, an arson attack was carried out at a printing press in Germany's port town of Hamburg for reprinting the cartoons.

The attack was carried out at 2 pm (local time) on the printing press of a German newspaper, the Hamburger Morgenpost.

The newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost confirmed the arson attack in a tweet, saying, “It's true: Tonight there was an arson attack on the editorial team”.

According to a report in RT.com, the incident happened in the afternoon when unidentified people hurled stones and an incendiary devices into the building of the newspaper office.

Two suspects have been arrested and nobody was hurt in the attack, police said according to the report.

An investigation has been ordered into the attack. The police added that it was too soon to say if the attack was linked to Charlie Hebdo terror attack.

The attack on a German tabloid comes in the wake of intensified anti-Islam sentiment raging across Europe and anti-Islamisation rallies held in the country by PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West) protesters.

However, to counter the PEGIDA rallies held in recent weeks, some 35,000 people marched through the German city of Dresden in a rally organised by the government of the state of Saxony and the city of Dresden.

The mayor of Dresden also urged the PEGIDA protesters to bring a change in their mindsets and join the rallies against racism, reported the BBC.

"We will not allow hatred to divide us," Mayor Helma Orosz ​said.

"I believe that this is a clear sign that our society is standing together, and furthermore that we're not forgetting those who are afraid, those who might march with Pegida on Monday," she said.