French soldier arrested over mosque attack plan

French soldier was arrested at his air force base near the city of Lyon for planning an attack on a local mosque.

French soldier arrested over mosque attack plan

World Bulletin / News Desk

A 23-year-old French soldier was arrested at his air force base near the city of Lyon for planning an attack on a local mosque, the French interior ministry said on Sunday.

The soldier held views "close to those of the radical extreme right" and had already attacked a mosque in the Bordeaux region last year without causing much damage, the ministry said, without giving further details.

Security services are grappling with an increase in far-right militant activity in France, home to Europe's largest Muslim minority.

The government closed down half a dozen far-right militant groups in July after the death of a left-wing student in a brawl between fringe groups.

Last Mod: 12 Ağustos 2013, 11:13
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