'Foreigners leave': Mosque in Germany plastered with Islamophobic posters

'Foreigners leave': Mosque in Germany plastered with Islamophobic posters
Right-wing extremists targeted a mosque in Germany on Friday, reports confirmed, amid heightened Islamophobia in Europe.
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21 November, 2020
Germany hosts the second largest Muslim population in Europe [Getty]
A mosque in Germany was targeted by racists who planted Islamophobic posters calling on foreigners to leave the country.

The Omar mosque in the German state of Baden-Württemberg was plastered with offensive posters that said “Germany is for Germans” and “foreigners leave”, the Turkish Islamic Federation Affairs said on Friday.

This was the first such attack targeting the mosque since it was established 35 years ago, the head of the institution said.

After France, Germany hosts the second largest Muslim population in Europe with some 4.7 million Muslims in the country, the majority of which are of Turkish origin.

Germany has been rocked by a string of extreme-right attacks over the past year.

A gunman with apparent far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the city of Hanau, near Frankfurt, in February, while two people were killed in an attack targeting a synagogue in Halle, near Leipzig, in October.

In June 2019, pro-immigration politician Walter Luebcke was found shot dead at his home in the central state of Hesse, and a far-right sympathiser has been charged with his murder.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer proclaimed in March that right-wing extremism and right-wing terrorism were "the biggest danger for democracy in Germany", promising a beefed up security response.

More recently, police in Germany detained a man on suspicion of planning to kill Muslims in an attack inspired by the 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The 21-year-old from the northern city of Hildesheim had announced his attack plans "in an anonymous internet chat", the state prosecutor's office in the town of Celle said in June.

Initial investigations show the suspect "has for some time been considering the idea of committing an attack in which he wanted to kill numerous people in order to attract worldwide media attention," prosecutors said.

The suspect referenced the attacker who killed 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch in March 2019, and said he wanted to carry out a similar attack. 

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"His aim was to kill Muslims," prosecutors said.

Police found weapons in the suspect's home, as well as electronic files containing right-wing extremist content. 

Agencies contributed to this report.

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