Violent Islamic antisemitism increasingly becoming a common feature of European life. “Islamic radical shot dead by anti-terrorism police in France after opening fire on offices in dawn raid,” by Peter Allen in the Daily Mail, October 6 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A suspected Islamic terrorist was shot dead by French police in front of his veiled wife and their young child today.
The man, in his 30s, was gunned down after firing a .357 Magnum revolver as armed officers swarmed into his house in the eastern city of Strasbourg.
Seven others, including another gunman in Paris, were arrested during a nationwide anti-terrorist operation.
All were suspected of being involved in an attack on a Jewish shop in which one person was slightly injured last month.
The extreme violence used by the authorities in the face of Muslim extremism was praised by President Francois Hollande who ‘saluted the action of the police’ and urged Interior Minister Manuel Valls to ‘take all measures necessary to ensure vigilance.’
All the men targetted today were said to be linked to a Salafist group which is committed to waging a jihad – or holy war – across Europe.
It follows Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French Algerian with similar Salafism connections, shooting seven people, including four Jews, dead in the Toulouse area in March.
At least three policemen were injured in today’s Strasboug raid, while others received direct hits to their bullet proof jackets and helmets.
The suspect, meanwhile, was hit by a number of bullets and died at the scene, despite being treated by medics for his wounds.
The source said the man’s veiled wife and child were in the Strasbourg house, and that the woman was one of those arrested for questioning.
‘He was initially on the sofa, but then started to fire at police with a .357 Magnum,’ the source added.
It was part of a nationwide counter-terrorist operation aimed at capturing the gang responsible for planting a low explosive device in a kosher food shop in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles on September 19th.
A judicial source in the French capital said all the men targeted today were thought to be members of a secretive Salafist group….