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Arson at German paper that reprinted Hebdo cartoons

Arson at German paper that reprinted Hebdo cartoons

A German newspaper that had reprinted the Charlie Hebdo cartoons has reported that it suffered an arson attack overnight. Nobody was inside the building at the time.

RT reports: The incident happened at about 2 am local time. Unidentified people threw stones and an incendiary devices into the building housing the “Hamburger Morgenpost” tabloid newspaper in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city.

“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman told AFP. “Two rooms on the lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.”

Nobody was hurt in the attack, police say. The newspaper said there were no people inside the building when the attack happened.

The attack was launched from a courtyard in the newspaper’s building and hit its archive room, where some files burned.

“It’s true: Tonight there was an arson attack on our newspaper,” the Hamburger Morgenpost said on Twitter.

Police have arrested two men who were behaving suspiciously in the area at the time of the attack, said the newspaper. The authorities have launched an investigation.

The Hamburger Morgenpost reprinted cartoons created by the Charlie Hebdo magazine whose HQ in Paris was attacked on January 7. Twelve people, including famous cartoonists, were killed in the massacre.