At Least 950 Attacks on Muslims in Germany in 2017

At Least 950 Attacks on Muslims in Germany in 2017

Saturday, 3 March, 2018 - 12:30
File photo: The main shopping street of Germany’s western city of Cologne. (AFP / Patrik Stollarz)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The German Interior Ministry said that authorities have registered at least 950 attacks on Muslims and Muslim institutions such as mosques in 2017.

Thirty three people were injured in the attacks, of which 60 were directed against mosques, some involving pig’s blood, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung reported in Saturday editions, citing data provided to lawmakers by the Interior Ministry.

Nearly all those responsible for the attacks were right-wing extremists, the data showed, according to the daily.

No data were available for comparisons since the ministry only began separately collecting data about anti-Muslim attacks - as opposed to anti-migrant attacks - in 2017.

Aiman Mazyek, who heads the Central Council of Muslims, told the paper the number of attacks on Muslims and Muslim facilities was likely much higher given that many authorities were not yet monitoring anti-Muslim incidents specifically and victims often failed to make police reports.

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