Two improvised bombs exploded in the eastern German city of Dresden Monday evening: one at a mosque and the other at an international conference center, however no one has been injured.
Horst Kretzschmar, president of Dresden police has stated that so far the police has no claim of responsibility, however they suspect that motive for the attacks is on a xenophobic basis.He said police believed there was a link to celebrations planned for the coming weekend in the city to mark the anniversary of German reunification on Oct. 3, 1990.
At the time of the first explosion, the imam of the mosque was inside with his wife and sons but they were not hurt. Damage was, however, done to the building through pressure waves. Soon after, the International Congress Centre was damaged by a home-made device and the bar of a nearby hotel was evacuated. During the night, police officers were sent to protect other mosques in the city.
Dresden was the cradle of the anti-Islam PEGIDA grassroots movement whose weekly rallies attracted around 20,000 supporters at the height of its popularity at the start of 2015. The influx of about 1 million migrants to Germany last year has increased social tensions, especially in eastern Germany where there have been some high-profile attacks on refugee shelters.