Thursday, January 8, 2015

Suspects Spotted In Northern France; French Mosques Come Under Attack

Terror Suspects Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother, Said

Thursday morning the manhunt continued for 2 of the 3 suspects wanted for the Massacre that took place at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France. French authorities have identified the suspects as Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother, Said. Mourad Hamyd, 18, surrendered at a police station in eastern France after learning his name was linked to the attacks in the news. Schoolmates and friends of Hamyd have said that he wasn't involved because they had seen him during the day when the attacks were taking place. The police have been slow in releasing information so the full story is still up in the air.

A number of Mosques were attacked in France since the attack took place. Around 8pm local time on Wednesday, shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall in Port-la-Nouvelle in southern France. Meanwhile Ouest-France reports that several percussion grenades were thrown into the courtyard of a mosque in Le Mans, west of Paris. Local media also reported an explosion near a mosque in the town of Villefranche-sur-SaĆ“ne in eastern France. The blast took place at 6am local time on Thursday at L’Imperial, a restaurant independently managed by people close to the mosque, where people attending the mosque often gather.

Senseless murders like the ones that took place yesterday have no place in our world. There is no justification for acts such as these. The media offends everyone at one point or another and the great thing about our society is we have the right to speak out against it. What we do not have is the right to kill everyone who offends us. Reprisal attacks against targets such as mosques are just as despicable. They serve no purpose and can only hurt more innocent people and inflame an already hot situation. Lets hope that French citizens of all backgrounds unite as one and stand firmly against all terrorists and inciters during these trying times.

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