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Paris reprisals? Muslim cultural center in Glasgow firebombed, police suspect hate crime


Police are hunting for suspects who targeted a cultural center used by Muslims in central Glasgow during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were called to Bishopbriggs Cultural Centre, also known as Al Sarouk, at around 2.20 a.m. GMT after it was set alight.

Local residents and authorities are concerned the attack was a hate crime directed against the Muslim community in response to the shootings in Paris on Friday carried out by Islamic State extremists.

Police confirm the fire is being treated as “suspicious,” and have urged witnesses to come forward.

One source told the Herald newspaper that although the fire is not currently being treated as a hate crime, it is “one line of inquiry being looked at.” They said it may be a revenge attack for the Paris shootings.

“It was definitely a deliberate act and an investigation is underway to find out exactly what happened,” the source said.

“Obviously, the motive for the incident is key.”
Police said the building was


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