German Paper Attacked After Republishing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Rocks and an incendiary device were thrown through the window of a German paper in Hamburg early Sunday after the paper republished cartoons by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The Hamburger Morgenpost, posted front page, featured three Charlie Hebdo cartoons with the words, “This much freedom must be possible!” after the recent massacre in Paris.

A police spokesman reported on the extent of the damage to the AFP.

“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window. Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly and no one was hurt.”

A 35-year-old and a 39-year-old man were taken into custody and at press time, there are no further reports on whether there are other suspects at large.

No one was hurt in the attacks but files were damaged before the fire was contained.

The German paper published the Charlie Hebdo cartoons to demonstrate solidarity with the magazine that was attacked by gunmen yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great!). Seventeen journalists and police officers were killed at the magazine offices in Paris, France. Two of the attackers were killed in a standoff with police Friday.

Before one of the gunmen was killed, he said he was funded by al-Qaida, and President François Hollande stated the danger to the European Union’s largest community of Jews and Muslims is not yet over.

“These madmen, fanatics, have nothing to do with the Muslim religion. France has not seen the end of the threats it faces.”

Another German paper, Bild am Sonntag, reported that the terrorist attack on France could be the beginning of many attacks across Europe, based on communication from Islamic leaders.

Soon after Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket was attacked in Paris, reportedly, the U.S. National Security Agency accessed communication, indicating jihadi leaders are planning multiple attacks in Europe.

German police don’t know if the arson was in response to the cartoons, and there are other German papers that published them. They are now under police protection.

The U.K. has also raised its terror threat level as security officials warned that 150 jihadists in the U.K. could commit terrorist attacks similar to those in Paris.

Since the German paper attack, other German newspaper offices have asked for increased police protection.

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said sharing intelligence with allies is crucial in stopping attacks like the one in Paris.

“One nation cannot by itself hope to forestall the possibility of terrorism, even within its own borders.”

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stated that France is at war with radical Islam.

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