A 47-year-old Muslim man has been stabbed and killed in France by a neighbor in what has been described as a “horrible Islamophobic attack.”
The victim, Mohamed El Makouli, was attacked by his 28-year-old neighbor in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as reported by Yahoo! News
The man’s wife, 31-year-old Nadia, also suffered stab wounds during the attack, as she tried to save her husband’s life.
According to the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, the attack took place in the quiet French village of Beaucet, near Avingnon, when the neighbor forced his way into El Makouli’s home, attacking him with a knife and shouting, “I am your god, I am your Islam.”
Following the first stabbing attack, the man returned later on to finish the job, and attacked the victim again with a kitchen knife. An autopsy revealed Mr. El Makouli had been stabbed 17 times.
The man who carried out the attack was arrested and is reported to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and has been committed to a psychiatric hospital in the past.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said yesterday that the French government was going to tighten laws against racism and anti-Semitism, intending to block internet hate sites, “as already happens with ones that carry child pornography.”
Since the murders of 17 people in Paris last week, at the hands of radical Islamists, the Central Council of Muslims in France has recorded more than 50 anti-Muslim attacks, with tensions in the capital in particular at an all time high.
In a separate suspicious incident, a young Muslim man, Khaled Idris Bahray, 20, was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday. His body was discovered the day after 40,000 people joined a weekly march organized by an organization called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA).
It remains to be seen whether foul play was involved in that incident, as France works through the new identity crisis created by the recent events in Paris.
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