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    Arsonists target Islamic school again 29 March 2005 http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=19&story_id=18479 AMSTERDAM — A suspected
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      Arsonists target Islamic school again
      29 March 2005

      http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=19&story_id=18479

      AMSTERDAM — A suspected arson attack has targeted an
      Islamic primary school in Uden. The same school was
      destroyed in a deliberate blaze as part of the series
      of retaliatory attacks in the wake of the murder of
      Theo van Gogh last November.

      The latest fire broke out on Sunday night, but the
      damage was restricted to two chairs. On Monday
      morning, investigators found a bottle which is
      believed to have contained a Molotov cocktail.

      Police have arrested a 17-year-old Uden boy in
      connection with the fire and further arrests have not
      been ruled out. Muslims have expressed heightened
      concerns about the latest incident.

      The school and a local mosque have now been placed
      under
      permanent security and police have also intensified
      surveillance of Islamic buildings in the region. Some
      15 to 20 officers are investigating the school fire.

      Uden Mayor Joke Kersten said school workers were
      "shocked that this could happen a second time", news
      agency AFP reported.

      School director Ismail Taspinar told RTL News that the
      damage to the school was not that important when
      considered in context with the emotional trauma
      incurred.

      Several teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 16 were
      arrested after the first fire last year. The message
      "Theo R.I.P." and a racist white power symbol was
      chalked on the building after Van Gogh's murder.

      The public prosecutor said the youths were not linked
      with extreme right-wing groups, newspaper NRC
      reported. All six suspects have since been released
      from custody and are under house arrest. They will
      appear in Den Bosch Children's Court on 17 May.

      One of the youths said on public television earlier
      this month that the attack had been planned and that
      he regretted the incident.

      There was a wave of tit-for-tat attacks against
      Islamic buildings after the murder of Van Gogh. A
      suspected Islamic militant has been arrested for the
      killing.

      The Uden Bedir Islamitische Basisschool had moved to
      an empty school building after last year's fire.

      [Copyright Expatica News 2005]


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