Rumours of a racist motive behind several arson attempts at the Islamic Culture Centre in the Copenhagen area of Nørrebro were shown to be unfounded, as a mentally ill man of Iranian background was arrested for the crimes by police Friday.
The 56-year-old man was seen by witnesses leaving the scene and later apprehended on the street without incident. Police had been on the lookout for suspects, as the centre had reported five previous occasions of arson at the building's front door since March.
The man is thought to be responsible for those and also other incidents of vandalism in the city, including to a synagogue in the inner city. Still, police do not believe the motive was racism.
'He is a mentally ill man who will receive treatment,' said Copenhagen police's vice-superintendent Preben Kristensen to daily newspaper Politiken.
Source: Jyllands-Posten (English)