Arson attack against German paper that reprints Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Hamburg publishing house which reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad suffers no casualties in attack on its premises.

January 11, 2015 09:25
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Arson attack on a Hamburg newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Arson attack on a Hamburg newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons.


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A German newspaper in the city of Hamburg – the Hamburger Morgenpost – that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad was the target of an arson attack, the local paper reported on Sunday.

After the deadly attack at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo last Wednesday, the Hamburger Morgenpost, like many other German papers, printed cartoons of the satire magazine.

No one was hurt in the incident, the paper said on its website. Two unknown gunmen threw burning objects from the backyard of the building into the archives of the publication. The building was unmanned at the time and no one was injured. However, some files were damaged and burned in the incident.

Two young men who were behaving suspiciously in the area were arrested, police said.

It was not yet clear whether the attack was linked to the reprinting of the cartoons, the Hamburger Morgenpost said, adding that an investigation into the incident and its motives has been open.

Last week, two gunmen stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hedbo, killing 12 and wounding 20. The assailants were captured on video shouting "Allah!" as four shots rang out, and calmly leaving the scene.

On Friday, the two men were killed in a raid by security forces in the print works where they were holed up with a hostage.

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