German daily firebombed over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

On January 11, 2015, attackers firebombed the offices of the German daily Hamburger Morgenpost, in Hamburg, northern Germany, in apparent retaliation for the tabloid’s reprinting of several cartoons from the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on its front page, according to news reports. The press reported that arsonists threw a firebomb and stones through a Hamburgen Morgenpost window. No one was injured, the reports said.

The attack on Hamburger Morgenpost followed the massacre on January 7, 2015, at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in which two gunmen killed 12 people, including eight journalists. Charlie Hebdo was firebombed in 2011 in retaliation for a controversial Charlie Hebdo spoof edition, “guest edited” by the Prophet Muhammad, according to news reports.

The damages to Hamburger Morgenpost were minimal, and the arson was quickly contained, news reports said. The Guardian reported that German police had launched an investigation and detained two individuals.