ESKILSTUNA, Sweden â€“ In a nation where tensions have run high between some Swedes and the Muslim community, police are searching for arson suspect in a mosque fire on Christmas day, The BBC reported.
Some 15 to 20 were at noon services when the fire occurred on the ground floor, hurting five people, who were treated at a nearby hospital for bruises, cuts, a fracture and smoke inhalation, police said.
â€œA witness saw somebody throw an object through the window of the building, which serves as a mosque, after which a violent fire began,” police spokesman Lars Franzell told reporters.
Immigration policy has fomented fierce debate between the right wing, which wants immigration by refugees cut by 90 percent, while mainstream parties that want to continue a liberal policy. The populist party, Sweden Democrats, which has an anti-immigrant agenda, collapsed the minority governing coalition on Dec. 3 by blocking the budget, forcing new elections to be held in March.
In an August 2012 anti-Islam protesters rallied in Stockholm against what they see as the Islamization of Europe. Counter-protesting leftists clashed with police.
Muslims are having a worrisome impact on Sweden.
A 29-page Swedish police report details 55 neighborhoods controlled by Muslim gangs:Â The gangs attack Swedish firefighters, police, mailmen and others and rape native Swedish women. They also enforce Sharia law in these so-called â€œno-goâ€ areas for Swedish municipal services.
Rapes have increased in Sweden so that it has the second highest number of rapes in the world at 53.2 rapes per 100,000 people, behind the south African country of Lesotho with 91.6, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime reports. The Swedish Council on Crime Prevention estimates that Muslim immigrants from Muslim-dominated nations are overrepresented in the 77.6 percent of rapes committed by foreigners.
Some Muslims believe their inroads in European countries with their enclaves are a prelude to Europe falling into Muslim hands and European women as their booty, according to Fiordman story onÂ Majorityrights.com.
Another issue for the Swedes is that only half of Muslim immigrants are employed compared to the 80 percent of ethnic Swedes, putting a strain on the countryâ€™s longstanding welfare state.