Second Swedish mosque targeted by arsonists in 4 days amid debate on Muslim immigration

Fire set to mosque in southern town of Eslov after five people were hurt in Christmas day arson attack on mosque in Eskilstuna.

December 29, 2014 11:27
Swedish mosque arson

Building housing a mosque in the town of Eskilstuna, Sweden that was a target of an arson attack. (photo credit: REUTERS)

STOCKHOLM - Fire ripped through a Swedish mosque early on Monday in the second suspected arson attack on a Muslim center in four days in a country caught up in a fierce debate on immigration.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in the southern town of Eslov and no one was injured, local media reported.

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"We ... are working under the assumption it is arson," police officer Marie Keismar told the TT news agency.

Five people were injured when fire broke out in another mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Christmas day.

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.

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