Arson attack on Maria Namen Church in Vienna

Country: Austria

Date of incident: December 26, 2023

On December 26, unknown perpetrators set fire to the entrance of Maria Namen Parish Church in the 16th district of Vienna, Austria. A construction site toilet, which had been placed at the entrance of the church due to current rennovations, has been set on fire and completely melted. Apparently, fire accelerants must have been used. The parish priest, Jesus David Jean Villalobos, suspects arson.

The police has launched an investigation on suspicion of arson. The damage is severe: the entrance door, a wooden roof and the stairs have been burnt. According to the parish priest, the estimated damage amounts to several thousand euros.

Source: Kronen Zeitung; Standard

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