German Newspaper Attacked After Reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

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The Paris attackers were killed in police shootouts

Two suspects arrested after an incendiary device was thrown through the office window of the Hamburger Morgenpost

A newspaper in Hamburg has been attacked days after they reprinted Muhammad caricatures from French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.

German police said Sunday they have two suspects in custody following the attack late Saturday night, in which an incendiary device was thrown through the office window of the Hamburger Morgenpost, one of the city's leading dailies. The newspaper has so far declined to comment, but in an article on its website Sunday said the offices were empty at the time of the attack and no one was injured.

Police spokeswoman Karina Sadowsky said it was not yet clear what the motivation for the attack was.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, the newspaper reprinted one of Charlie Hebdo's controversial Muhammad caricatures on its front page, under the headline “This Much Freedom Must Be Possible.” Unlike many newspapers in the United States, including The New York Times, European papers were quick to reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons in a show of solidarity with the French satire magazine, where 12 people were killed in a terrorist attack Jan. 7.

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A further five people were killed in separate attacks, including four hostages shot dead at a Jewish deli in Paris. Three men believed to have carried out the attacked were killed in two separate police shootouts.

Paris is under high security today ahead of a memorial service this afternoon for the victims. Europe's leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron are scheduled to attend.

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