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Bulgarian racists attack praying Muslims in Sofia

People help a Muslim worshiper, who was injured in an attack by supporters of Bulgaria's nationalist party "Attack". (Reuters)

Source : Agencies
Sofia | 20 May 2011

Racist Ataka Party sympathizers attacked Muslims during prayers when they reciting their ordinary Friday sermon in Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

Attack came when Muslim prayers reciting Friday sermon in the Khatip Mosque in Bulgarian capital.

While they were performing their praying, racist party sympathizers began to throw stones at the Muslims. Two Muslims were injured by the stones. Two attackers from the Ataka Party were taken into custody by the Bulgarian police.

A group of racists gathered and started protesting the sounds of the sermons and chanted anti-Turkish and Islamist slogans, as "Turkish get out from here", "This is Bulgaria".

They also chanted against DPS (known as Turkish Party in Bulgaria) party. When the protest was continuing two of the protesters tried to get the loudspeaker from the mosque, but they prevented by mosque congregation. Some racists also hurled stones and egg to the Muslim prayers.

Bulgarian police prevented the further attack and took the control near the mosque.

Meanwhile, Pro-nationalist and racist Ataka Leader Volen Siderov accused Bulgarian police and requested the resignation of the Interior Minister.


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