84-yr-old arrested for trying to burn down mosque in France

84-year- Claude Sinké was arrested by on Monday after he allegedly shot and injured two worshippers at a mosque in Bayonne, south-western France.

The suspect according to report was trying to burn down the mosque during the he inflicted the on the victims.

Sinké was a former candidate for Marine Le Pen’s far-Right National Rally. He was arrested at his in Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx, near Bayonne after fleeing the scene by .

He reportedly set a vehicle on before he left. found a canister and a handgun in his car.

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Patrice Peyruqueou, a police union in Bayonne, said: “The suspect threw an incendiary at the mosque and then drove away. He was apparently trying to set fire to the mosque when two worshippers intervened and he shot them.”

One of the worshippers was hit in the chest.

The two wounded men, aged 78 and 74, were taken to . They were described as being in but stable condition.

The suspect reportedly admitted the when questioned by Bayonne police, but the motive for the attack was unclear. He was said to have no police record and was not on the radar of French agencies, according to Telegraph report.

Christophe Castaner, the France interior , expressed indignation in a tweet: “My thoughts to the injured and their families. Solidarity and to the Muslim . I realise to what extent they are shocked and frightened.”

Ms Le Pen strongly condemned the attack, which said was “contrary to the values upheld by our movement.”

The suspect was reportedly an unsuccessful candidate for her party in regional in 2015. He attended a academy in his youth.

A source close to the said: “ was widespread panic at the mosque. were a lot of inside at the time.”

The incident follows an increase in attempts to vandalise mosques in France, Telegraph UK reported.

Many Muslims have been killed in Islamist attacks, such as the 2015 atrocities in which 130 people died. Dozens of people were killed in an attack on two mosques in Zealand in March.

Local prosecutors said he was likely to be charged with attempted . , the French , condemned the “odious attack” and pledged “to protect our Muslim compatriots”. France, he said, “ never tolerate .”

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