A pizzeria owned by a Bangladeshi in Espoo was attacked today by three suspects who threw petrol bombs, which caused extensive damage to the pizzeria as well as to the building, has left the owners devastated. The owner and his wife are Muslims and were coming back from an Eid celebration to the restaurant.
Eid is a feast whereby Muslims worldwide commemorate an end to a month of fasting during Ramadan to observe the first revelation to Muhammad in the Koran.
According to the owner, Mohammed Mobin, the police have two Roma and one white Finn in police custody.
The pizzeria that was the target of an arson attack Sunday evening in Espoo. Two suspects are in police custody. Photo: Anastasia Saari.
The three suspects entered the premises and threw between 7pm and 6pm some highly flammable liquid that set the restaurant on fire, according to the owner’s wife.
“The fire was so fierce that it felt that the whole building was going to explode soon,” Mobin was quoted as saying in Helsingin Sanomat.
Apart from the pizzeria, called Paradise, Mobin is the owner of another restaurant called Spice Gardens located in the same buildings but suffered minor damages due to the fire.
Mobin has been the owner of the pizzeria for at least nine years.
One of the owner’s biggest concerns is what will happen to the employees and if they will get some compensation.
Many of the employees, who are migrants, send money to their families in their former home countries.