Dunkirk mosque set alight

26th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

DUNKIRK, France, Nov 26 (AFP) - Vandals tried to set alight to a mosque in northern France on Tuesday night and scrawled two swastikas on its walls, police in the port of Dunkirk said.

DUNKIRK, France, Nov 26 (AFP) - Vandals tried to set alight to a mosque in northern France on Tuesday night and scrawled two swastikas on its walls, police in the port of Dunkirk said.

The attackers sprayed an inflammable liquid over the doors of the Omar al-Farouk mosque in Dunkirk town centre and set it on fire, but the blaze was quickly put out. No-one was in the building at the time.

Police called to the scene found two upside-down swastikas on the outside wall.

"This is the first time there has been an act of violence and an arson attempt against a mosque in Dunkirk. Whoever did it chose the end of Ramadan to make his point," said Bahssine Saaidi, president of the regional Islamic council.

"But the friendly relations which we enjoy with the Jewish and Christian communities must not be allowed to suffer," he said.


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