White powder, threats sent to French mosque

An official at Strasbourg City Hall says an area mosque has received an envelope containing a suspicious white powder and anti-Muslim threats.

The official said two employees of the Eyyub Sultan mosque, serving Strasbourg’s Turkish community, opened the letter Friday. It contained a half-burned page from the Quran and a threatening letter, the official said on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak with the media. She says the powder has not yet been identified, but is not anthrax.

In a statement, Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries condemned the “racist act” and pledged to identify those behind it as soon as possible.

Associated Press, 12 November 2010

See also EMISCO press release, 13 November 2010