German newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons attacked

By: | Updated: January 11, 2015 3:37 PM

A German newspaper that reprinted Prophet Mohammed cartoons from Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack early today...

An arson attack was carried out early today on the building housing a German newspaper that reprinted cartoons of Prophet Mohammed from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo, police said.

Police said they suspected that the attack was linked to the Hamburg-based daily Hamburger Morgenpost’s publication of the cartoons under the title “there must be so much freedom”.

Unknown persons threw stones and set on fire the newspaper’s archive, causing damage to some files stored there, but no injuries were reported, media reports said.

Two persons suspected of involvement in the attack were taken into custody, the reports said, citing police officials.

No members of the newspaper’s editorial staff were present in the building at the time of the attack.

Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Hebdo cartoons, Charlie Hebdo attack, charlie hebdo magazine, charlie hebdo shootingA member of the media makes images of the front page of Charlie Hebdo which shows a caricature of French author Michel Houellebecq near the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, after a shooting January 7, 2015. (Reuters)

The city’s fire brigade received a fire alarm at 2.22 am and the fire could be put out speedily. Burnt out files and old newspapers were taken out of the building.

The attack comes days after two extremists stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, killing a total of 12 people including some of France’s best-loved satirists.

Several German dailies had published the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on their front pages on Thursday in a gesture of solidarity with the French cartoonists.

German-language Bild am Sonntag newspaper today said the bloodshed in France could signal the start of a wave of attacks in Europe, citing communications by Islamic State leaders intercepted by US intelligence.

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