By Unuode Ejiro
An Imam in Germany’s Dresden was in a mosque with his family as home-made bombs went off near the area on Monday night. The bombs damaged the door of the mosque. Police have said the attacks are thought to be xenophobia-related and have evacuated the area including the hotel at the city’s international congress centre. The city, which is the birthplace of the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident street movement, has been the centre of protests following the country’s open door policy which allowed over one million refugees and migrants into the country.
In an annual report outlining progress since reunification, the government warned last week that growing xenophobia and right-wing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany.