The bloodied pigs head is believed to have been thrown at the mosque from the window of a moving car
The bloodied pig’s head is understood to have been “thrown” at the mosque from the “window of a moving car” at around 9pm, Jérôme Cordier, the mayor Saint-Valérien said.
Mr Cordier denounced the “thoughtless, ignorant act” and said that the alleged attacker was most probably “a simpleton and/or an outsider”.
Pigs are considered unclean in Islam and their presence in or near mosques is taken as an insult.
Mohammed Arakik, vice-president of a local Muslim association, also condemned the attack on the new mosque and said that he was “deeply shocked” by the incident.
Pigs are considered unclean in Islam and their presence in or near mosques is foreseen as an insult
Mr Arakik said mosque officials had decided to file a complaint against persons unknown in a bid to find the attacker, before adding that the anti-Muslim attack had left local worshippers “fearing for their safety”.
The pig's head was thrown at a Mosque in a 'tranquil town' in Northern France
He said: “People are afraid. The mosque has been vandalised with anti-Islam slogans in the past, but whoever did this has taken things one step too far. We live in a tranquil town devoid of hate and crime; locals are tolerant and open-minded. Things like this are not meant to happen here.”
Local police officials have launched an inquiry to find the mosque attack suspect
The mosque – a converted prayer hall located in the basement of a council estate – will be able to welcome up to 80 worshippers and is due to open its doors in the next few weeks.
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Local police officials have since launched an inquiry into the mosque attack, and said that, if arrested, the attacker would be tried on charges of “inciting racial hatred”.
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An ambulance is parked at the scene of a fatal shooting at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City