Suspected Arson at Islamic School Following Controversial Filmmaker's Death

November 10, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

On November 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Suspected arsonists set an Islamic elementary school on fire yesterday amid a string of attacks following the killing of a Dutch filmmaker by an alleged Islamic extremist.

Firefighters were struggling last night to extinguish the flames at the Bedir school in the southern town of Uden, where someone had scrawled 'Theo rest in peace' in the building in homage to filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

Mayor Joke Kersten told Dutch television she didn't know the exact cause of the fire but suspected arson. She said the school had not been the target of prior attacks.

Dutch Muslims and Christians urged an end to a cycle of retaliatory vandalism of mosques and churches yesterday as van Gogh was cremated, a week after his slaying."