BREAKING NEWS France Starts Shutting Down Mosques
Kalashnikov ammunition and Islamist propaganda videos were seized by French police in raids on Sunday after shutting down a mosque in the Paris suburbs, according to French authorities. Linked to the traditionalist Salafist branch of Islam, the prayer hall in Lagny-sur-Marne, around 18 miles east of the capital, was shut down last Wednesday following a major police operation. It was the third mosque in France to be closed as part of state of emergency clamp down after the jihadist attacks on Paris on November 13 that killed 130.
The Mosque of Lagny-sur-Marne Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty, File
During raids linked to the mosque, police found “7.62mm ammunition for a Kalashnikov rifle and propaganda videos” for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(Isil), according to the prefect, the highest state representative, of the Seine-and-Marne department. The locations of the raids were not disclosed. A revolver and jihadist documents had already been found during searches at the homes of the mosque leaders, Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, had said last week.
Inside the mosque
The operation resulted in 22 travel bans and nine house arrests for “radicalised individuals”. Police also found recordings of religious chants “glorifying the martyrs of jihad linked to the terrorist organisation Jabhat al-Nusra”, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the prefecture added.
Mohammed Ramdane, the president of the Lagny-sur-Marne Mosque association, speaks to the press on December 2, 2015 outside the mosque in Lagny-sur-Marne, in the eastern suburbs of Paris Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty, File
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