Arson attack damages mosque in S France

The Mosque was severely damaged in the firebombing and investigators quickly concluded it was a deliberate act of arson.

Arson attack damages mosque in S France
An arson attack has been reported here late Sunday against a Mosque in the southern French city of Toulouse, but no claims of responsibility have been made as yet, French media reported.

Both "TF1" television and National Television Channel "France 2" reported the attack which has shocked the Muslim community in Toulouse, where there are apparently few religious or ethnic tensions.

The arsonist, or arsonists, were thought to have entered the mosque through an unlocked door. The mosque is located in the Toulouse suburb of Colomiers.

Fire and rescue officials in the Haute-Garonne region say the fire broke out early Sunday morning after a garbage can was set alight inside the building.

The Mosque was severely damaged in the firebombing and investigators quickly concluded it was a deliberate act of arson.

French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, who is directly responsible for religious affairs in France, has expressed her "indignation" at the attack.

The incident in Toulouse follows closely on the heels of the desecration two weeks ago of 148 Muslim graves in a northern cemetery here, near Arras.

The graves belonged to Muslim soldiers who had served and died in the French army during World War I, between 1914 and 1918.

The graves were daubed with paint and insulting slogans and President Nicolas Sarkozy and many other senior officials here strongly condemned the act.

It was the second time in a year that Muslim graves in Notre-Dame de Lorette cemetery near Arras had been desecrated.
Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2008, 08:29
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