French authorities have announced the closure of three mosques in Paris after chilling discoveries were made inside each location. In a statement released by the Seine-and-Marne Department, French police revealed they have seized 330 war-grade weapons and 7.62mm ammunition for a Kalashnikov rifles, and Islamic State propaganda videos from multiple mosques that have been raided, according to the New York Times.
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The statement also revealed Islamic State propaganda videos and recordings of religious chants “glorifying the martyrs of jihad-linked to the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra” were also found. The questionable findings inside the Paris mosques have led to the arrests of more than 230 Muslims. A total of 22 suspects are still reportedly under surveillance and prohibited from traveling, while another nine are under house arrest, according to Mad World News.
“The recordings were found among a wealth of teaching material for youngsters in an undeclared madrassa, or religious school.”
In addition to the Paris mosque raids, it has also been reported that French authorities have subsequently raided approximately 2,235 homes following the terrorist attack. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attack, which left 130 victims dead and another 350 injured at the Bataclan Theater on Friday, November 13, French authorities are cracking down on organizations displaying speculative patterns of radicalization.
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According to Breitbart, the closure of Paris mosques is permissible under French law even though the facilities are places of worship based on the radicalization claims. During a radio interview on Wednesday, December 9, French President François Hollande discussed the ongoing problem with acts of terrorism and what is being done to combat the problem in order to prevent future attacks. Hollande stressed the importance of acting when there are suspicions.
“If there are suspicions, if there are risks, then they must be acted upon. But what might be surprising is why do it after an act of terrorism which has, it is true, deeply affected our spirits? I am not questioning what is being done. All I am saying, simply, is that we should have perhaps done more beforehand.”
Reports about the Paris mosque raids come just one day after the indictment of 13 radicalized Muslims reportedly affiliated with a suspected Islamic terrorist group known as Forsane Alizza, or Knights of Pride.
The disturbing find inside the mosques in Paris comes less than a week after the speculated terrorist attack that took place in San Bernardino, CA. Once again, two radicalized Muslims – identified as Syed Farook, 28 and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27 – are responsible for the attacks. The devout Muslim couple unloaded rounds of ammunition, firing at innocent victims inside the Inland Regional Center. The horrific mass shooting left 14 victims dead, and another 21 wounded, according to the LA Times.
Both attacks and the Paris mosques’ raids have raised concerns about the relocation of Syrian refugees. For those who don’t know, refugees from Syria have been relocated to both France and the United States but now government officials are concerned about the possibility of an increase in terrorist attacks.
One of the gunmen involved in the Paris shooting crossed the French border under the guise of a refugee. And now, the latest reports about Tashfeen Malik, the female shooter involved in the San Bernardino shooting, indicate that she may have been a radicalized Muslim prior to her engagement to Syed Farook. FBI agents also speculate that the marriage itself may have all been part of a terrorist plot in order for Malik to relocate to the United States.
At this point, both terrorist attacks are still being investigated. Further details about the Paris mosques have yet to be released.
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