posted on Nov, 8 2004 @ 05:15 AM
Dutch Muslim school attacked
Police say bomb linked to murder of filmmaker
Monday, November 8, 2004 Posted: 0956 GMT (1756 HKT)
Flower memorial to Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, killed last Tuesday.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A suspected bomb has blown the front door off a Muslim elementary school in a southern Dutch town and shattered windows
across the street, days after a suspected Muslim radical killed a Dutch filmmaker, police said.
Television news footage showed the burnt-out entrance of the school, which was empty at the time of the attack at around 3:30 a.m. Monday (0230GMT).
There were no reports of injuries.
Police suspected it was related to the murder last week of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected Islamic radical, said spokesman Cees Dekkers
in Eindhoven, about 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) south of the Dutch capital Amsterdam.
The school sustained substantial damage inside, he said.
The Tarieq Ibnu Zyad Islamic school, said to have links with a mosque that has allegedly been a gathering place for radicals, also suffered a minor
attack a year ago. Dekkers said police had visited Islamic schools in the city, but had not decided on additional security measures.
Eindhoven Mayor Alexander Sakkers was meeting later with parents of students. "It is essential that we stick together," he told the NOS television
network. "One single person who pulls off such an idiot act ... should not have the result that our society goes to pot in this way."
Van Gogh's killing sparked a series of attacks over the weekend, including two attempts to burn down mosques. Dutch Interior Minister Johan Remkes
said Van Gogh's death should not be blamed on the Muslim community as a whole.
Eight suspected Islamic extremists have been arrested in connection with Tuesday's slaying of Theo van Gogh, who earlier this year released a film
critical of how women are treated under Islam. Among those arrested was a 26-year-old accused of killing the filmmaker, identified only as Mohammed
Although mainstream Muslim groups condemned the killing, it has caused an outpouring of anger in the Netherlands.
Vandals threw red paint Saturday night on a center in Amsterdam that aids immigrants, many of them Muslim. The agency, called the Emcemo Center, is
located several blocks from the spot where Van Gogh was killed, and its director, Abdou Menebhi, told local television station AT5 that he believed
the vandals were racists.
In the town of Huizen, police arrested two men they say were caught preparing to ignite a fire at the An-Nasr mosque Friday night, national news
service NOS reported. A mosque in the city of Breda sustained minor fire damage in another reported arson attempt.
A small fire was also set at a mosque in Utrecht, police said, and a pig's head was left in a plastic bag outside a mosque in Amsterdam.
NOS reported Sunday that pamphlets with the image of a pig and a slur against Muslims were circulating in Rotterdam.
Van Gogh, a distant relative of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh, released "Submission" in August. The film was criticized as insensitive by some
Van Gogh was shot while riding his bicycle and then stabbed and had his throat cut. His killer left a five-page note quoting from the Quran and
threatening more attacks. Prosecutors believe the killer was part of a terrorist group with international links.
Europeans are starting to wakeup about this vile muslims presence