Explosion near Mosque in Eastern France, No Casualties: Officials

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A "criminal" explosion occurred early Thursday at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, officials said, but left no casualties.

"It is a criminal act," a local official told AFP, adding that a police investigation has been opened. No link was suggested with the deadly attack on Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo a day earlier, which killed 12 people.

President Francois Hollande called the massacre in Paris-- thought to be the worst attack on French soil since 1961 -- "an act of exceptional barbarity" and "undoubtedly a terrorist attack".

In the hunt for the attackers, police published pictures of the wanted men in an urgent appeal for information as a manhunt stretched long into the night with a raid by elite anti-terror police in the northern city of Reims.

The magazine’s office was burned 3 years ago in response to its publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).

In November 2011, Charlie Hebdo’s offices caught fire the day it was due to publish a cover making fun of Islamic law.


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