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Explosion injures 3 at Sikh temple in western Germany's Essen

Explosion injures 3 at Sikh temple in western Germany's Essen

Explosion injures 3 at Sikh temple in western Germany's Essen
German police at the scene of an explosion at a Sikh temple in Essen, Germany
Incident Details
Date

Apr 16, 2016

Injured

3

Country

Germany

A priest suffered serious burns due to the blast, which took place after a wedding party on April 16, 2016. Two other people were also injured by shards of glass.

The bomb, crafted from a fire extinguisher packed with explosive chemicals, also destroyed the entrance to the temple.

Police say 16-year-olds with links to Islamic extremism have ‘partially admitted’ to Saturday’s explosion

A 60-year-old man suffered serious but not life-threatening wounds in the blast on Saturday and remains in hospital. Two other men, aged 47 and 56, suffered slight injuries.

Members of a wedding party who were attending ceremony earlier at the Gurdwara had already left the building at the time of the explosion.

The three teenagers who detonated the device were all members of a Whatsapp group called ‘Supporters of the Islamic Caliphate’, so their intentions seemed pretty clear: they wanted to wage war against the infidels of the West.

Any Sikh reading the news would have understood the motive, just as any Jew or Christian would have understood precisely why Islamic extremists target synagogues or churches. It was a religiously motivated attack, designed to remind Germany’s Sikh community that they should also be fearful.

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