The Sunni-Shi’ite jihad comes to Belgium. We in the West will be seeing a great deal more of this. “Sunni tried for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque,” AFP, November 27, 2014 (thanks to Anushirvan):
A Moroccan man admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria when he went on trial Thursday for the attack that killed the imam.
But Rachid El-Boukhari, 35, denied intending to kill the preacher at the main Shiite mosque in the Belgian capital when he addressed the court here, according to news reports.
Boukhari, who describes himself as Sunni, risks a life sentence if found guilty of carrying out the attack on the Rida mosque just before evening prayers on March 12, 2012.
He is accused of “a terrorist offence” as well as “arson causing death” under the “aggravating circumstances” that the attack was “based on religion.”…
“I didn’t think a man would die. I just wanted to wake up the Shiites,” he said denying he intended to kill.
“I wanted the Shiite community to become aware of the situation in Syria. Over there, the Sunnis who were calling then for the regime of Bashar al-Assad to fall were suffering abuses,” he added.
President Assad is a member of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
Boukhari was arrested at the scene after he allegedly hurled abuse at Shiites, blaming them for the repression in Syria. Armed with an axe and a knife, he poured petrol on the building and set fire to it.
The fire spread quickly through the mosque and the imam, Abdellah Dahdouh, a 47-year-old father of four, succumbed to the fumes after having first tried to put on the blaze.