AN ISLAMIC centre has been torched to the ground by a suspected arsonist as emergency services desperately try to save anyone who may have been trapped inside.
The site, formerly a public swimming baths, was bought earlier this year by the Association of Islamic Communities in Culemborg, which had submitted plans to turn the building into a mosque.
The mosque has been set alight by a suspected arsonist in Culemborg, Holland
The fire was said to have spread to two other buildings stocked with heat resistant abstestos.
The building was damaged significantly and part of it collapsed following the blaze.
It is not yet known if someone was inside the building at the time of the fire.
No arrest has been made so far, but the authorities have launched a probe into an alleged hate crime.
The police do not believe that the fire spread from one car to another.
Europe has been victim to various attacks against Muslims.
Earlier in December, a man shot and injured three people when he burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich.