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Tensions simmer in Sweden with third mosque arson attack in past eight days

January 2, 2015 00:43

In most recent attack, police say a Molotov cocktail was thrown at mosque in Uppsala.

Mosque in Uppsala, Sweden

Mosque in Uppsala, Sweden . (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

In a country caught up in a fierce debate on immigration, a third suspected arson attack on a mosque in a week took place in the Swedish city of Uppsala on Thursday.  

"People saw a man throwing something burning at the building," police in Uppsala said, adding that the mosque did not catch fire, AFP reported. The suspect had left behind "a text on the door expressing contempt for religion," the police said.

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A police spokesman told Swedish news agency TT that the burning object was a Molotov cocktail and that no one was in the building at the time, AFP reported.

Sweden's Islamic Association posted a photograph online of the main door of the mosque, which was emblazoned with the slogan "Go home Muslim shit," according to the report.

The attack in Uppsala comes just three days after a fire ripped through a Swedish mosque in the southern town of Eslov.

Last week, five people were injured when fire broke out in another mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna.

Polls have shown the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats winning over voters from the center right and center left.

The party, Sweden's third biggest, wants to cut the number of asylum seekers getting in by 90 percent. Other more mainstream parties have promised to preserve the Nordic state's traditionally liberal stance.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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