Dresden Blasts: Mosque, Conference Center Attacked in German City

Two bombs exploded outside a mosque and conference center in Dresden. German authorities say the crime was a “xenophobic” attack.

What I want point out the hypocrisy. The German authorities were quick to speculate that this was a “xenophobic” attack (it likely was). However, when cases equally clear of Islamic terrorism occur, they have to wait for all the facts arrive before speculating.

As Caleb Howe says: “Media reports indicate that police believe “xenophobia” to be behind the attacks, proving that as long as you don’t say “Islamic Terror” it’s fine to come out quick and early with a theory of the crime.”

Two home-made bombs hit a mosque and a conference center in eastern Germany late Monday in what officials called a “xenophobic” and “cowardly” attack. 

No one was injured by the blasts in Dresden, birthplace of a German grassroots anti-Islam movement known as PEGIDA. 

The city’s police chief said officials were “now in crisis mode.” 

Image: The Fatih Camii Mosque in Dresden

The entrance to the Fatih Camii Mosque in Dresden, seen after the attack. SEBASTIAN KAHNERT / AFP – Getty Images

Police said the first bomb exploded outside a mosque in the western part of the city at around 10 p.m. local time [4 p.m. ET] while the imam, his wife and two sons were inside. 

Around 30 minutes later, another explosion struck outside the city’s International Congress Center. The large, modern building on the banks of the Elbe River is hosting events this weekend for the annual Day of German Unity, which celebrates the country’s 1990 reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall.