Mosques throughout France were under attack on Wednesday and Thursday, according to reports from local officials.
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Local newspaper Midi Libre reported that a mosque in the southern France city of Port-la-Nouvelle bordering Spain was targeted Wednesday following evening prayer by an individual who “fired twice at the door breaking the window with a light-caliber weapon.”
Three grenades were thrown at a mosque in Le Mans, about 130 miles west of Paris, early Thursday morning. A bullet hole was also found in one of the windows.
The latest reported attack was an explosion at a kebab shop located near a mosque in Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday, identified as a “criminal act” by local prosecutors. “I am afraid that is linked to the dramatic event that occurred on Wednesday,” Perrut Bernard, mayor of Villefranche, said.
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French newspaper Ouest-France reported that the gate of a mosque in Poitiers was tagged with graffiti reading “Death to the Arabs.”
France’s Ministry of Interior stated that local police were in charge of the cases and would not make a comment regarding the reported mosque attacks. No injuries have been reported in any of the attacks.
The mosque attacks have contributed to the compounding turmoil in France. A policewoman was shot and killed on Thursday in Montrouge, and Sky News reported that the murder is linked to a suspect belonging to the same jihadist group as the suspects wanted for the shooting at the offices at Charlie Hebdo. A hostage situation has been reported at a French grocery store while a manhunt continues in efforts to track down two suspects named in the attack of the Charlie Hebdo office.