Holland: Arsonists target Islamic school again - Expatica, Netherlands
- Arsonists target Islamic school again
29 March 2005
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
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
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
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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