10:43 - May 07, 2016
News ID: 3459733
TEHRAN (IQNA) – An Austrian man has been arrested for allegedly placing two pig heads on an Islamic center and mosque being built in the southern city of Graz, police said Friday.

Austrian Mosque Assaulted with Pig Heads, Blood

"He put the pig heads on the construction site and smeared the minaret with blood," police spokesman Leo Josephus said, saying the man has been identified as a 46-year-old Austrian.

Last month the interior ministry said there was a 54 percent rise in extremist and racist incidents in 2015, ranging from vandalism and assaults to fanning hatred against foreigners.

On April 24 Norbert Hofer, candidate of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) came a clear first in the first round of elections for the largely ceremonial post of president with 35 percent of the vote. Bookmakers expect him to win a runoff on May 22.

"This attack is not only an attack against our mosque but more than that is an attack on an entire religious community, its followers and freedom of religion," the Graz Islamic Centre said on Facebook.

Source: WB

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