Last week Breitbart published a piece titled "Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve."
The Breitbart article said that on New Year's Eve, the German city of Dortmund saw a crowd of "more than 1,000 men" gather, launch fireworks at the police, and set fire to the roof of St Reinold's church, which is claimed in the article to be the oldest in Germany.
This was, according to Breitbart, one of a number of incidents that night that included civilians and police officers being attacked with fireworks, groups of "young men from North Africa" intimidating crowds, and a group of Syrians gathering and chanting "Allahu Akbar" in celebration of a ceasefire in their country.
The story received a considerable reaction on social media, being shared nearly 17,000 times on Facebook.
Many sharing the piece focused on the size of the mob, its members' nationality, and the apparent attack on the church.
Breitbart heavily cited local publication Ruhr Nachrichten in its initial article, using a video from one of its reporters as evidence of claims that large groups of men were chanting "Allahu Akbar."
Ruhr Nachrichten's article also references a statement issued by Dortmund's police department about the evening calling it "rather average to quiet" night for the force.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to Breitbart for comment.
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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