An Islamic center and mosque in Milan, Italy, was targeted on Monday by fire bombs that took toll on the center's walls from the outside. A car belonging to a centre officials was burnt.
The Italian police said in a press release that investigations had started on the incident that occurred at midnight, noting that initial reports suggested it could have been accidental.
For his part, the Imam's Mosque, a Moroccan student, Hamid Zariate described the incident as a "religiously-motivated attack following months of threats." Zariate added that he had seen one of the vandals at about midnight, hurling what could have been a petrol bomb.
"At midnight I heard the first blast, and looked out of the window and saw my car on fire, the car exploded, there was nothing left of it," Zariate was quoted as saying.
He said the center houses, the larger cultural centre and mosque where about 700 people gathering for prayers.
Zariate said he did not believe vandals targeted him specifically since he had only arrived at the centre several weeks ago.
Italian Parliament member Isabella Bertolini said "fear generates dangerous responses as a result of the moderate increase of Islamic mosques", adding that the "situation is becoming intolerable and we should stop this invasion.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ağustos 2007, 14:06