French soldier arrested for planning attack on a mosque

Eurasia News

PARIS: A French soldier has been arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on a mosque near the eastern city of Lyon, the French interior ministry said, Dispatch News Desk reported.

The 23-year-old solder held views “close to those of the radical extreme right” and was detained at his airbase near Lyon, the ministry said.

The accused admitted to investigators that he planned to fire the shots at the Minguettes mosque at Venissieux, a Lyon suburb, on Thursday at the end of the month of Ramazan.

Moreover, he also admitted to throwing an incendiary device at a mosque door in southwestern Libourne in August last year.