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Fire damages Sweden mosque

STOCKHOLM: Sweden's largest Shiite mosque was badly damaged overnight in a suspected arson attack, police said yesterday.

Flames engulfed the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in the northern Stockholm suburb of Jakobsberg, a police spokesman said. There were no reports of injuries.

"It seems it was set ablaze from the outside," the TT news agency quoted a police spokesman as saying, adding that investigations were under way to determine if the motive was political.

Several mosques in Sweden have been targeted in recent years, but few perpetrators have been caught.

In a separate development, three young women were arrested under Britain's anti-terror laws in east London yesterday. The arrests were related to an incident last Friday when a woman was shot during an armed raid which police said disrupted a militant plot. - AFP

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