GERMANY: Arson at German newspaper that reprinted the Charlie Hebdo anti-Islam cartoons

B7DUeNfIgAEnCMP.jpg-largeA German newspaper, the Hamburger Morgenpost, that reprinted the Charlie Hebdo cartoons says it suffered an arson attack overnight. Unidentified people threw stones and an incendiary devices into the building housing the ‘Hamburger Morgenpost.’

RT  After the Paris shooting, the newspaper published three Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page“This much freedom must be possible!” said the headline.

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The attack was launched from a courtyard in the newspaper’s building and hit its archive room, where some files burned.  Police have arrested two (Muslim?) men who were behaving suspiciously in the area at the time of the attack, said the newspaper. The authorities have launched an investigation.

The Hamburger Morgenpost reprinted cartoons created by the Charlie Hebdo magazine whose HQ in Paris was attacked on January 7. Twelve people, including famous cartoonists, were killed in the massacre.

Burnt and damaged files are seen in the courtyard of German regional newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost editorial office

Burnt and damaged files are seen in the courtyard of German regional newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost editorial office

Meanwhile, German police arrested a suspected supporter of the so-called Islamic State (IS) and raided his home in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Reuters reports. The 24-year-old suspect is suspected of having joined the group following a year-long trip to Syria. There are no indications that he was planning any sort of attack or was connected to the events in Paris.

Police, however, didn’t comment on possible links between the arson attack on the German newspaper and the Charlie Hebdo massacre, saying it was “too soon” to know for certain.