terrorist attack in France

A mosque in Southern France was attacked by two hooded men, after they open fire on a crowd outside the mosque Arrahma mosque at around 10.30pm in a Renault Clio. 


Police are now looking for the yet unknown men, with one of them carrying a handgun, and the other man was carrying a rifle, and attacked the worshippers who were at the time leaving the mosque. Among those injured in the was a 7 year old girl who suffers minor injuries, and another family of four who were dining in a restaurant nearby the mosque, and  were hit by shrapnels.

Police are now investigating the gunfire at the Muslim worshippers, but have "completely dismissed" the shooting as terrorism related attack.


France interior minister,Bernard Cazeneuve, has ordered the closure of another four mosques that allegedly preach a radical ideology, a move by the minister after banning foreign donation to Mosques in France, and shutting down another 20 mosques in August.


A state of emergency in France allow for France to shut down any place of worship where the preaching risks provoking hate, violence or acts of terrorism.

The minister ordered that the mosques in the Paris region be closed on Wednesday. Though the names of the mosques were not mentioned, but a statement released by the ministry reads;

Under cover of religion, these places held meetings that in reality were aimed at promoting a radical ideology.

There has been close monitoring of place of worship that incites violence since the Paris attack, and non-citizens and imams of these places have also been expelled.


The French government continues its crackdown on terrorism in the country just days after it announced it will block foreign funding for mosques in the country, the country has also decided to shut down twenty mosques considered of radical Islamic teaching in the country.


According to the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, who talked to the press after a meeting with leaders of the French Council of the Muslim Religion, Bernard said;

There is no place…in France for those who call for and incite hatred in prayer halls or in mosques, and who don’t respect certain republican principles, notably equality between men and women.

That is why I took the decision a few months ago to close mosques through the state of emergency, legal measures or administrative measures. About 20 mosques have been closed, and there will be others.

There are around 2,500 mosques in France, and about 120 of those mosques are considered to be preaching radical Salafism, a strict Sunni interpretation of Islam. Bernard said that since 2012, 80 people have been deported from France, and more deportation would happen soon.

The crackdown on mosques in France is as a result of repeated Jihadist attack in different part of France in the past year, with many attributing the failure to security failure.


Bomb attacks and sporadic shooting in Paris, France have reportedly killed more than 100 people at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Gunmen took hostages at the concert hall before being overpowered by gallant men of the French army.


Another blast also happened at Stade de France and at restaurants, and police have issued warning that all residents stay indoor and military men are now deployed to the city. The coordinated attacks happened at the Bataclan hall and Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon restaurants in the 10th district, where more than 10 people could be seen on the ground either dead or seriously injured.


Some other restaurants that was attacked include La Belle Equipe cafe in the 11th district and Les Halles shopping centre.


The attack is over, and 2 of the hostages were killed according to Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman and the French police union.