France: Car rams into mosque in eastern France

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By Yusuf Ozcan

 

PARIS (AA): A car rammed into a mosque in the eastern French city of Colmar on late Saturday.

The vehicle crashed into the Grand Mosque of Colmar, damaging its gate and doorway, said the prefecture of Haut-Rhin.

The man first broke down the gate of the mosque before violently striking a wall of the building. The latter was wounded and there is no other victim confirmed the prefecture of Haut-Rhin

The driver of the automobile was taken to a hospital with a stab wound to his neck.

It is unclear whether the incident was an attack or a suicide attempt.

An investigation was launched into the incident.

Three have been attack on mosques in France in the past.

In August 2018, a Mercedes car struck the doors of Al Wifaq Mosque in the French village of Mons-en-Baroeul near Lille, at night. The hit-and-run act occurred at 11:45 p.m., shortly after the isha (evening) prayer, which gathered approximately 200 people, according to French media. The suspect left his car behind, and ran to escape the crime scene.

In June 2017, police arrested a man after he allegedly attempted to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in Paris.

In the written statement, police said no one got hurt in the incident that took place in a suburb of Creteil.

Additional report by The Muslim News

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