Montbeliard, France mosque damaged in attack

News Agencies – November 10, 2011

A mosque in eastern France was damaged after unknown attackers set fire to the building using a burning rubbish bin. The head of the mosque in Montbeliard, located about 170 kilometres south of Strasbourg, near the German border, discovered the fire when he arrived to open the building for morning prayers. One wall was badly damaged. The attack on the mosque is the second in a month. A group calling itself Les Echappees Belles (The Lucky Escapes) claimed responsibility for the incident in tracts left near the mosque. The group – believed to be a group of women loosely influenced by right-wing extremists – had claimed responsibility for setting fire to the mosque’s van in October. Police are investigating the incident.