Alevi community house hit by petrol bombs in Melbourne
Hürriyet file photoUnidentified assailants have thrown petrol bombs at an Alevi community center in the Australian city of Melbourne, daily Radikal reported on its website today.
The assailants also left a note on the wire fence surrounding the center, explaining why they carried out the attack.
Serdal Çınar, president of the Australia Alevi Bektaşi Federation, said they could not understand the attack. "We have been active in Australia for over 20 years; we have never had any problems with institutions or individuals."
Çınar said they had stayed at an equal distance to all religions and beliefs since their founding and respected everyone.
Officials said assailants hurled four or five petrol bombs at the building's side entrance. The attack was ineffective as the wall on that side was made of brick, officials added.
Çınar said they were lucky that the building was not damaged but said the note left by the attackers was "full of hurtful expressions."
He said they did not know if the attack was in any way related to the recent events in Syria and added that it was too early to say anything about the incident.