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Corsican mob trash Muslim prayer room and burn Koran on Xtmas Day

After firemen and police were injured in rioting on Christmas Eve, a group of demonstrators attacked a Muslim centre on Christmas Day


Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and set fire to copies of the Koran on the French island of Corsica on Christmas Day, in an attack condemned by the government.

The violence came amid heightened security measures for the holiday, and nationwide fears after the November 13 attacks in Paris by jihadists that killed 130 people.

Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, wrote on Twitter that the break-in in the city of Ajaccio was “an unacceptable desecration”.

Tensions had mounted in Ajaccio after two firefighters and a police officer were injured overnight in a low-income neighbourhood of the city when they were “ambushed” by “several hooded youths”, authorities said.

On Friday afternoon around 150 people had gathered in front of the prefecture in a show of support for the police and firefighters, officials said in a statement.

But some in that crowd broke away and headed for the low-income housing estate where the violence took place the night before.

They shouted slogans in Corsican meaning “Arabs get out!” or “This is our home!”, an AFP correspondent reported.

Nearby was the Muslim prayer room and a small group smashed the glass door and entered the place of worship, ransacking the room and partially burning books including copies of the Koran, said regional official Francois Lalanne.

“Fifty prayer books were thrown out


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