French mosques firebombed in vigilante retaliation for Paris bloodbath

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Vigilante violence came quickly in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack on the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo that left 12 dead.

Two French mosques came under fire overnight, with one of the locations also being hit by three blank grenades, according to The Telegraph.

There were no reported injuries.

According to witnesses, the Charlie Hedbo killers claimed to be “Al Qaeda terrorists,” and shouted “the Prophet has been avenged” and “Allahu akbar!” during the attack.

The Telegraph reported that three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque in the city of Le Mans, just after midnight. A bullet hole was also found in a window at the location.

Le Mans is approximately 130 miles southwest of Paris.

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A mosque in southern France, near Narbonne, was also fired upon shortly after evening prayers, according to the Telegraph. Local authorities said the prayer hall was empty and there were no injuries.

There was also an explosion reported early Thursday at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, with no reported casualties.

Tensions remain high following the terrorist attack in Paris, and France is on its highest state of alert, according to RT News.

An extra 650 soldiers and 2,000 more police officers will be on the streets of Paris on Thursday, according to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who said extra security has also been deployed at mosques, synagogues, department stores, shopping centers, train stations and airports.

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