Arson in Passau Catholic Church

Country: Germany

Date of incident: September 1, 2016

Unknown offenders tried to set the altar of the St. Anton church on fire in the morning of September 1st. They also damaged furniture, painting, and statues according to the police, who call it a case of vandalism.

The damage amounts to at least 50,000 euros, mostly due to the smoke generated by the fire. Luckily, the flames coming from the altar didn’t spread, so the police and a church employee were able to extinguish it. Nothing was stolen. 
The police reported that the motives of the attack are not known and that there are no signs that it was a political or religious act. Church authorities were stunned by this act.