Danish police said they had arrested a man on suspicion of torching an Islamic centre in Copenhagen's Nordvest district earlier in the day.
"At 11.31am, the police were informed that a man had started a fire by throwing a flammable liquid ... at the Muslim centre," according the statement by police.
The fire, which caused only superficial damage to the outside of the Islamic center, was quickly contained, police said. Some 40 Muslims were inside the building at the time.
Police said that the 35 years old suspect has been previously convicted on charges that include vandalism.
The building complex belongs to the Islamic Society in Denmark (Det Islamiske Trossamfund), Muslim community also worship at an adjoining mosque. The group denounced the fire as "an act of terrorism" on its website.
This act "was likely the result of political and religious motives... As tragic at it is, it unfortunately does not surprise us," the Islamic centre said in statement.
In June, more than 50 graves were destroyed at the Muslim cemetery in the Copenhagen suburb of Brøndby.
Denmark is home to a Muslim minority of 200,000, making 3% of the country's 5.4 million population.. Tags: #Islamophobia #
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