French police arrest far-right supporter over mosque shooting

French police have arrested a man suspected of firing shots at a mosque in Bayonne in the southwest of France on Monday.

Two people, aged 74 and 78, were seriously injured in the shooting at 1420 GMT ( 7.50 p.m. IST)as they tried to prevent the attacker from setting fire to the mosque.

The shooter also set a car on fire while fleeing the area.

“The suspected assailant was arrested by national police … my thoughts are with the victims and their family,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on his Twitter account.

A police source said that the 84-year-old suspect had far-right connections. A separate source familiar with the situation said the man had been a candidate for Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party in 2015.

National Rally’s Le Pen condemned the attack on the mosque.

“The attack … goes against all the values of our movement,” she said.

The police source said a handgun was found in the suspect’s car.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *