A mosque in the German capital of Berlin was petrol bombed in the latest incident of a series of attacks believed to be carried out by sympathisers of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), which is a listed terrorist organisation by the European Union.
The attack on Koca Sinan Mosque of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) in Reinickendorf district near Berlin took place around 2am local time early Sunday morning.
Berlin police stated that they suspect an attack on the mosque since the glass on the door of the mosque’s tea shop was broken first, adding that an investigation is underway.
Attacks by PKK and YPG (People’s Protection Units) sympathisers on Turkish-led mosques have increased since the launch of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” in the Syrian enclave of Afrin in January.
On Saturday, a website affiliated with the PKK and its Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) posted a video of a similar attack early Friday on a mosque in southwestern Germany.