A clinic in the German city of Hamburg was taking care of its last few patients of the week on Friday afternoon. All of the sudden a masked man enter the clinic and spilled unknown fluid and ran away. Before anyone could understand what just had happened, all the staff and patient felt soar throat and had hard time breathing. Then nurse who called the police to report the incident said it could actually be a chemical attack.
Tens of police and ambulances were rushed to the attack scene in the town of Alton. The clinic belong to a prominent Turkish community member Mustafa Yoldas who until recently head an Islamic umbrella organization. Police said investigation into the attack were being throughly conducted.
Yoldas said to the Turkish media that he has been working for cross-religion dialogue for his entire life and always treated everyone equally regardless of backgrounds so he can not imagine being subjected to a xenophobic attack.
Police, though, has not release any statement on whether the attacker had any xenophobic motivation. A recent European-Union financed report on Islamophobia in Europe revealed that most EU states do not record Islamophobic incidents as separate category of hate crime. So it is most likely that this attack will not be categorized by Hamburg police as Islamophobic or racist.
Although, Turks and other Muslim minorities have been facing attacks almost on a daily basis in Germany, this was the first known attack in which some type of chemical solution was used. Community members fear that far right people might engage in using chemical weapons to mass murder Muslims. In the past 50 years since Turks started immigrating to Germany, many deadly attacks took place on Turks. Arson attacks in Solingen and Schwandorf caused several lives including kids while German terror group NSU murdered 13 people over the period of 10 years.