Arsonists Hit German Paper That Ran Charlie Cartoons

Cops in Hamburger have busted 2 men
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2015 10:28 AM CST
Arsonists Hit German Paper That Ran Charlie Cartoons
Firefighters stand outside the building of the 'Hamburger Morgenpost' in Hamburg, northern Germany, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.   (Bodo Marks)

(Newser) – Police in Germany have detained two men suspected of an arson attack early today against a newspaper that republished the cartoons of French weekly Charlie Hebdo. The newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost said on its website the overnight arson attack destroyed several files in its archive, but didn't injure anyone. Hamburg police said it had detained the two young men near the newspaper building. Police spokeswoman Karina Sadowsky told the AP that several stones and a Molotov cocktail were found in the newspaper's archive in the basement of the building. She didn't identify or give any further details about the suspects.

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A spokesman for the Hamburg fire department said they were first alerted when a security company called them after the building's fire alarms went off, shortly after 2am. "We quickly managed to extinguish the fire," spokesman Joern Bartsch said. The Hamburg tabloid published the Charlie Hebdo cartoons the day after the attack against the newspaper in Paris to express its solidarity with the slain journalists. Several other national and local German newspapers also published the cartoons. They are now getting police protection. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere today called on all citizens to be vigilant in their everyday lives in response to the attacks in neighboring France, where hundreds of thousands are currently rallying in Paris. (Read more newspaper stories.)

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