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Swastikas daubed on Stockholm mosque
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Fireworks explode over the Saltsjon waters and Stadsgardskajen quay during the New Year's Eve celebration in central Stockholm at midnight Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Anders Wiklund)
Fireworks explode over the Saltsjon waters and Stadsgardskajen quay during the New Year's Eve celebration in central Stockholm at midnight Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Anders Wiklund)
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STOCKHOLM: Unknown perpetrators daubed black swastikas on the front door of a Stockholm mosque overnight, police said Thursday.

The incident happened amid growing concern about racism in Sweden, a country otherwise enjoying a reputation for tranquility and tolerance.

"When a staff member of the mosque turned up for work, he discovered that the entrance had been vandalised. Among other things, he found that several swastikas has been painted," police said in a statement.

Eight black swastikas could be seen on a photo posted on Twitter by the president of the Islamic Association in Stockholm, Omar Mustafa.

The mosque is located in a small street on the island of Soedermalm, near the centre of Stockholm.

Last month, Neo-Nazis attacked a peaceful anti-racist protest in a Stockholm suburb, causing three people to be hospitalised.

 
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