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'Salafist' Sikh temple bombers were known to police Published: 02 Jun 2016 12:20 GMT+02:00 There was no way of predicting a bomb attack on a Sikh temple despite two suspects being known to police, North Rhine-Westphalia authorities said on Wednesday. Hanover teen stabbed police officer 'on orders from Isis' (31 May 16) 'Known Salafist' allowed to work at Berlin airports (18 May 16) Church fights AfD for Muslim right to build new mosque (18 May 16) The crime could not have been prevented by the authorities, a report submitted to the state parliament by state interior minister Ralf Jäger stated. Authorities knew that the teenagers were radicalized Salafists who might have wanted to commit property crimes like theft and burglary, Jäger told broadcaster Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR). But there were no indications that in fact attacks were planned. Of course we know better today, but at the time we couldn't be 100 percent certain. Three people were hurt in the attack on April 17th, when a bomb exploded at the Gurdwara Nanaksar temple shortly after a wedding party when dozens of guests had left the building. Sikh preacher Joginer Singh points out the destroyed entrance of the Sikh temple following the bombing. Photo: DPA Windowpanes shattered with the force of the blast and the door was ripped from its hinges, while parts of the slate facade were also torn away. Witnesses said that they had seen a masked man throw a round object into the entrance before fleeing, and police found a discarded mask close to the scene shortly afterwards. Police quickly identified three suspects in the bombing as two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old. All three are now in custody. Mother tipped off police Security authorities had had a tip-off from the mother of one of the teens, Tolga I., that he planned to travel to a Salafist country and join jihadist fighting, the report states. Police in Duisburg revoked the suspect's travel papers and interviewed him twice before ordering him to report to an de-radicalization program. While he claimed to be ready to co-operate, he never appeared at the appointment. The mother contacted officers with a second warning in March after finding an electric stun gun and suspicious drawings among her son's possessions. Police asked prosecutors for a warrant to search the teen's home but they rejected the request, saying more evidence was needed - which police were then unable to provide. Suspicions at school A second suspect, Yusuf T., had been reported to authorities by his school after making Islamist statements and behaving aggressively. While police searched his house in December 2015, they didn't find any evidence that he planned to commit violence. The school reported a second incident when Yusuf showed a video of an explosion on his phone. Police in Gelsenkirchen acknowledged that they had not done enough to follow up the lead. But state interior minister Jäger said that in his view the report showed the police had done all they could in relation to the three teenagers and that the attack was not caused by police negligence. A spokesman for the Gurdwara Nanaksar temple declined to comment on the police report when contacted by The Local. http://www.thelocal.de/20160602/police-had-tip-offs-about-sikh-temple-bombers
Tensions Rise as Multiple Attacks Launched Against Sikhs Across IndiaBy: Sikh24 Editors GUJARAT, India (October 8, 2013)News reports of Sikhs being attacked in Gujarat and Delhi have created shockwaves in the Sikh community living worldwide. As per media reports, a Sikh family living in Loria village of Bhuj district of Gujarat was attacked by a mob yesterday. Four male members of the Sikh family were left critically injured and were admitted to a local district hospital. In a statement, one of the injured, Amandeep Singh said that at least 30 armed men had attacked him and his family members who were sowing crops during the day. According to him, several shots were even fired in the air. Along with Amandeep Singh, the brutal attack also injured Angrej Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Harpreet Singh. All four were admitted under intensive care. Amandeep Singh alleged that he doesnt know what may have instigated the mobs. He alleged that the attackers wanted them to leave the farms and return to Punjab. Amandeep Singhs family has been living in Gujarat for over five decades and they were allotted the farming land back in 1960. It should be noted that the plight of Sikh farmers came to light recently when they blamed the local Government for refusing to allow them to purchase land. In another incident, a Sikh family in the Rohini area, Sector 3, Delhi, was attacked by a group of 7-8 young men in what seems to be a well-planned attack. The attackers brutally injured an elderly Sikh lady causing jaw injuries. They used a sharp blade to slit her wrist, but luckily she has survived the attack. Her husband was also brutally injured. The elderly Sikh man was held from his beard and his turban was removed. The attackers allegedly kicked him and his turban. They used racial slurs to abuse the elderly Sikh husband and wife. The attackers alleged that they are going to repeat 1984 once again as the Sikhs have forgotten their past carnage in the City. The main attacker, who was named Mukesh, is said to have good relations with the local police SHO and a local judge or Rohini court. He is said to have carried out similar attacks on Sikhs and others in the same neighborhood. Due to his political influence, no case has yet been registered against him. http://www.sikh24.com/2013/10/tensions-rise-as-multiple-attacks-launched-against-sikhs-across-india/#.UlSh4WS9Kc0