France: Bomb Placed At Entrance Of Catholic Church

Chris Menahan
Dec. 30, 2016

A bomb was placed outside of a Church in Toulouse, France earlier this month but the media barely covered the story.

From 20 Minutes (as translated by Ava Lon for Gates of Vienna):
Toulouse: an incendiary bomb was placed in front of a church

An investigation has been opened after the discovery of an incendiary device in the forecourt of a church in Toulouse, in the Roseraie district

December 15, 2016

Police officers of the SRPJ [Regional Service of Judicial Police] in Toulouse are investigating the discovery of a homemade bomb in the forecourt of the church Saint-André, in the Roseraie district. The find dates back to the morning of Thursday December 8, but it was revealed only on Thursday.

The incendiary device was spotted by a parishioner against the door of the building. Hidden in a box the size of a wine carton, it consisted of two bottles of barbecue lighter fluid connected by electric wires. Small cubes of lighter stitched with magic birthday candles were stuck to the bottles.

The candles burned out without their sparks triggering the device. “The rudimentary device was well-designed to start a fire,” said a police source.

Vigilance in places of worship

The incendiary device was, strangely, brought back to the courtyard of the central police station of Toulouse whose evacuation was ordered for 45 minutes before the arrival of the firemen and bomb defusers. It was a real act of malice or provocation; the investigation must determine the origin of this incendiary device.

Wednesday, without referring to the case, Prefect Pascal Mailhos said that he had asked all religious authorities to be vigilant at the approach of the holidays, including by not hesitating to search the bags of the faithful at the entrances to places of worship.
Seeing as how the bomb was so unsophisticated, odds are it was Muslims.

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