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       Saturday, June 10, 2006

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Major blaze hits large Muslim building in the Netherlands

Vlaardingen is located in the province of South-Holland, near the The Hague

June 9, 2006 

A major fire destroyed a large Muslim building in the city of Vlaardingen, the Netherlands on Friday evening. Firefighters were working to put out the blaze before burning out of control and at one point causing evacuations from nearby buildings.

The fire broke out just before 8 pm local time (7 pm GMT) and was under control around 10 pm (9 pm GMT), according to fire officials.

The blaze was located in a large Muslim building, including a mosque on the first floor. No persons were believed to be injured in the inferno.

Authorities said they were investigating the cause of the fire but suspected the cause was arson. Police officers and fire crews were evacuating the surrounding residents. The fire department called it a "major fire" and all units were called to the scene. Also water fire units were on the scene as the building is located near a river.

Vlaardingen is located about 10 miles from the Hague.

Theo van Gogh

After the murder of Theo van Gogh on November 2nd, 2004, many mosques in the Netherlands were set on fire. On November 8th, 2004, a bomb exploded at a Muslim school in the south of the country.


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