Several attacks on France Muslim targets since magazine shooting: officials

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 16:31 IST

Following the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine office, Muslims places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said Thursday.

Three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris, and shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers in the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France.

An explosion occurred early Thursday at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, officials said, but left no casualties.

"It is a criminal act," a local official told AFP, adding that a police investigation has been opened. No link was suggested with the deadly attack on Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo a day earlier.

Meanwhile, French police hunted on Thursday for two heavily armed men - one with a terrorism conviction and a history in jihadi networks - in the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. The prime minister announced several overnight arrests and said the possibility of a new attack "is our main concern."

Tensions in Paris were high as France began a day of national mourning. The most senior security official abandoned a top-level meeting after just 10 minutes to rush to a shooting on the city's southern edge. A policewoman died and a street sweeper was wounded. The shooter remained at large.

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