Firebomb thrown at German newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons

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A German newspaper in the northern port city of Hamburg that reprinted cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo was the target of an arson attack early Sunday, police said. No one was hurt in the incident.

A police spokeswoman said that an incendiary device was thrown at the newspaper building at night and documents were burned inside. Two suspects were arrested near the crime scene because they behaved in an unusual manner, she added.

The newspaper said on its web page that there were no people inside the building when the attack happened. Whether the arson attack was connected to the Charlie Hebdo cartoons was still under investigation, the paper added.

Like many other German newspapers, Hamburger Morgenpost has printed cartoons of Charlie Hebdo after the deadly attack on Wednesday in Paris when two Islamist militants stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, killing a total of 12 people including some of France’s best-known satirists.

Both men were killed Friday in a standoff with police.

Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported earlier Sunday that the bloodshed in France could signal the start of a wave of attacks in Europe, citing communications by Islamic State leaders intercepted by US intelligence.

Sunday’s incident came after a meeting in Hamburg on Saturday of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).

Speaking in the city, the German chancellor said: “We have made clear that the events in France, this barbaric terrorist act, are a challenge for all of us, for the values that we advocate, to fight for them.”

She called on people to be clear on the differences between Islam and religious fanaticism, and said that she would be joining world leaders in taking part in a silent march in Paris on Sunday.