Asylum center attack the latest in a series in Austria
- Unidentified assailants threw a molotov cocktail at the center near Vienna, damaging a wall but leaving occupants uninjured.
- Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, with anti-immigrant sentiments having ratcheted up ahead of the upcoming presidential election pitting the independent incumbent against a far-right nationalist candidate.
- The attack follows the arson of a newly built but unoccupied refugee center in Altenfelden earlier in the year.
“Austrian asylum center hit by Molotov cocktail” (Reuters)
“Haunted by asylum center fire, divided Austrian town prepares to vote” (Reuters)
“Austria sees 13 attacks on refugee centres in 3 months” (The Local Austria, June 2016)