BERLIN (AFP) – A German tabloid that reprinted cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was targeted in firebombing Sunday, police said.
With security services on high alert after a killing spree in Paris by extremists, police in the northern German port city of Hamburg said no one was injured in the blaze at the headquarters of the regional daily Hamburger Morgenpost, which caused only slight damage.
“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman told AFP.
“Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.”
The Hamburger Morgenpost – known locally as the MOPO – had splashed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication, running the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”
Police said the attack had occur-red at about 0120 GMT and that two young men seen acting suspiciously near the scene were detained. State security has opened an investigat-ion, a spokesman added.
Whether there was a connection between the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and the attack was the “key ques-tion”, the spokesman said, adding that it was “too soon” to know for certain.
Police declined to provide further information about the suspects.