Cologne mosque reopens after hoax bomb threat
Police gives all clear after a thorough search of Germany’s largest mosque complex in western city of Cologne
It was the second time in four months Turkish-Muslim umbrella group DITIB, which runs the mosque, has been threatened with a bomb attack. The mosque complex in Cologne also houses headquarters of DITIB.
Germany has witnessed growing Islamophobia in recent years triggered by the propaganda of far-right parties, and more than 100 mosques and religious institutions were attacked by by far-right extremists in 2018.
Police recorded 813 hate crimes against Muslims last year, including insults, threatening letters and physical assaults. At least 54 Muslims were injured in the attacks.
Germany, a country of over 81 million people, has the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France. Among the country’s nearly 4.7 million Muslims, 3 million are of Turkish origin.