Most cases of arson at mosques turn out to be false flag operations by Muslims themselves. The incidents are relatively trivial — someone throws a smoke bomb against the wall or burns a pile of trash in the doorway, and then calls the police. It garners huge headlines in the press about a “hate crime” against the mosque, and the imam gets interviewed on TV about how sad it all makes him, and how Islam is all about love. Then a week or two later the police investigation discovers that the perp was a member of the congregation, or even the imam himself (as happened once in Australia; I can’t remember the guy’s name). But that story ends up buried on page 32 of the paper, if it gets covered by the media at all.
This mosque-burning in the southern Swedish city of Örebro was different. It was a serious fire: half the mosque was burned to the ground. Unless the imam set the fire to collect the insurance (which is always a possibility), it seems unlikely to have been an inside job.
Many thanks to Erik V for translating this news video, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|0:00||We can conclude that it is tragic|
|0:04||that there was a fire at a religious congregation.|
|0:08||It’s an incident that effects a lot of people.|
|0:16||Firemen fought to contain a fire at the mosque in Ørebro.|
|0:20||No one was hurt.|
|0:24||but half of the building was burned to the ground,|
|0:28||which affects the 1,000 people who use the mosque.|
|0:32||A security guard saw a masked man|
|0:36||in the building before the fire started.|
|0:42||The masked man had laid out paper and had a bottle with liquid in it.|
|0:56||We have one person in custody,|
|1:01||who was apprehended about 9am.|
|1:04||He was arrested for starting the fire|
|1:12||We don’t see any political of religious motive in the case.