French vandals burn copies of Qur’an
A mob of anti-Muslim extremists has ransacked a prayer hall on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica and set fire to copies of the Holy Qur’an.
A local police official said the crowd of people damaged the prayer room in the city of Ajaccio on Friday.
The violence came a day after two firefighters and a police official were wounded in a low-income neighborhood of the city when they were “ambushed” by “several hooded youths,” authorities said.
The protesters had gathered to show their support for the police officer and firefighters, but some in the crowd smashed the glass door of the nearby Muslim prayer hall and entered the place of worship, said regional official Francois Lalanne.
“Fifty prayer books were thrown out on the street,” AFP quoted Lalanne as saying, adding that some of the books were burnt.