Neo-Nazis charged in attack on mosque in Germany

DPA, Jan. 7, 2003

Braunschweig, Germany – Seven suspected neo-Nazis were charged Tuesday with attempted murder in connection with the November firebombing of a mosque in Germany.

Prosecutors in Braunschweig said the males ranging in age from 16 to 22 hurled 16 Molotov cocktails at the mosque, which housed a Turkish family. No one was injured in the November 23 attack.

The suspected skinheads allegedly have confessed to carrying out the attack, saying they hated foreigners and were determined to burn down the mosque in Wolfenbuettel.

“To that end, two of the suspects filled beer bottles with turpentine, anti-freeze and other flammable liquids,” said Chief Prosecutor Eckehard Niestroj.

The suspects ignited the Molotov cocktails and hurled them at the facade, spawning a minor fire which was quickly extinguished.

An Islamic cleric and his wife and two children were asleep upstairs at the time of the pre-dawn attack.

“The suspects carried out the attack in full knowledge that fatalities were more than likely,” Niestroij said.

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