Two bombs exploded in Dresden, Germany on Monday night, one at a Turkish Mosque, and one at the International Congress Center. No injuries, minimal damage. Authorities are considering a “xenophobic” direction for the investigation.
One device exploded at 10 p.m. at the Fatih Camii Turkish Mosque. The next one exploded at 10:19 p.m. at Dresden’s International Congress Center. Police believe the bombings are connected.
The devices were homemade, and fragments of the device were found at the International Center.
Several possibilities for suspects
Dresden is in the German state of Saxony, which is the home of PEGIDA, the right-wing movement in Germany. Muslims call them xenophobic, Islamophobic. They are anti-migrant and vocal, and definitely on the rise in Germany.
That’s likely where the investigation will be focused. However…
The Fatih Camii mosque is a Turkish one. There was another firebombing of a Turkish Mosque over the weekend in Hessen, Germany. A DITIB mosque in the city of Brebar was also firebombed as well. DITIB is the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs.
Since the damage was minimal, and no one was injured, it makes you wonder about the perpetrator.
The Daily Sabah wrote,
The incidents come in the wake of what the DİTİB has claimed a defamation campaign by German politicians. The DİTİB was critical of the statements “that amount to outright hostility” after three politicians from different political parties claimed the association was under the influence of the Turkish government and therefore, should not be allowed to shape Islamic religious education in Germany.
Mosques in Germany, where anti-Muslim sentiment accompanying the influx of Muslim refugees rises, are occasionally subject to attacks, ranging from Molotov cocktails to tossing of pig’s heads. A Turkish parliamentary committee investigating the targeting of mosques found some 297 attacks against mosques between 2001 and 2014 and they mostly targeted Turkish mosques.
Are these attacks the product of “xenophobic” Germans or something else entirely?