Traces of an explosion stain the wall and a door of the Fatih Camii mosque in Dresden on 27 September 2016. Extremists are suspected of carrying out the bombings targeting a mosque and conference centre in Dresden, hours after a march by the anti-Islam Pegida movement.
The mosque’s imam, his wife and two sons, were living inside the mosque, though, they were unhurt but six bottles filled with fuel was found outside their door.
“They attacked us because they hate us, because we’re Muslims.” Ibrahim Ismail Turan, the imam’s 10 year old son told the Sächsische Zeitung.
About 25 minutes later, another explosion was reported to police outside the city’s International Congress Centre in Dresden, close to the state parliament on the River Elbe.
The blast shattered glass on the building’s terrace but injured no one, with investigators finding remnants of an improvised explosive device at the scene.
Police evacuated a nearby bar over fears of a further blast and told guests staying in the hotel above the terrace to stay away from windows.
Officers were dispatched to guard two mosques in Dresden, as well as an Islamic centre, to avoid any further explosions while investigation continues.
Horst Kretzschmar, the chief of Dresden police, said the attempted attacks were believed to be connected.
“Although we have not yet seen any claim of responsibility, we must work on the basis of a xenophobic motive,” he said. “At the same time, we see a connection to celebrations for the Day of German Unity this coming weekend.”
The public holiday, which will hold on 3 October, marks the re-union of Germany in 1990 and is usually followed with festivals hosted by different city each year.
The city is home to the Pegida movement, which stands for “Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West”, and holds weekly marches sometimes drawing tens of thousands of supporters.