A mosque in Germany’s south-western city of Freiburg was targeted by vandals on Tuesday night, who spray painted Nazi symbols on the walls of the mosque.
Ziya Celik, the head of the "Islamic Centrum Freiburg” mosque association told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that they were worried over growing numbers of hate crimes targeting mosques and Muslims in recent years.
“We condemn this xenophobic act,” he said, adding that they suspect far-right groups were behind this attack.
In 2016, 91 mosques were attacked across Germany, which showed a significant increase in anti-Muslim violence. In 2015, 75 such attacks were reported, and in 2014, there were nearly 60 attacks that targeted mosques.
Germany, a country of 81.8 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Among the four million Muslims in Germany, three million are of Turkish origin.Friday, April 21, 2017