Corsica, Dec 27: An angry mob ransacked a mosque and set several books including copies of Holy Quran on fire in the French island of Corsica on Friday. The communal violence took place on Christmas in Ajaccio, Corsica’s largest city of some 65,000 residents, after two fire-fighters and police were attacked by several youths.
According to reports, two fire-fighters and some police officials were injured after clash with some unidentified youths. On Friday, hundreds of people gathered in front of the police head-quarter to show solidarity to injured cops. Suddenly a part of demonstrators turned violent and attacked a nearby mosque. (ALSO READ: Austria police warns major European cities of possible jihadi attacks)
The angry protesters ransacked the mosque and and damaged the property smashing glass. The mob also burnt around 50 books including copies of Quran. The crowd was heard shouting slogans like ‘Arabs get out’ and ‘This is our home’. After the violence, local police provided security to the mosque and maintained a presence on the housing estate overnight.
French authorities condemned the violence perpetrated by both those who attacked the firefighters and those who ransacked the mosque. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the break-in an “unacceptable desecration”, while French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack stemmed from racism and xenophobia, Al Jazeera reported. Anti-Muslim sentiments are on its peak in France in the wake of the terrorist attacks on November 13 in Paris that killed 130 people. (Photo credit: Twitter)