Shots at the Bayonne mosque: the two wounded in a "stable" state

The two septuagenarians wounded Monday by the shots of an assailant who tried to burn the mosque of Bayonne were Tuesday morning in a "stable" state, after operations the day before, we learned from the prefecture of the Pyrenees -Atlantiques.

The two men, aged 74 and 78, who had been touched, one on the neck and the other on the chest and arm, are "stabilized", confirmed the president of the Association of Muslims of the Basque Coast Abdellatif Boutaty , adding that one of the two had to undergo a new operation on Tuesday. They had been transferred to Bayonne Hospital, where the prognosis of one of them was still Monday night "reserved".

The mosque of Bayonne remained closed on Tuesday morning, for the purposes of the investigation entrusted to the judicial police, and its access blocked by a cord of rubalise and a police car, with two officers in faction face dissiumulé behind a collar-collar .

From the street through the fence, you could see the wooden entrance door, at the low part blackened by flames, the elegant mosque inaugurated in 2014 in a suburban area of ​​the northern district of the city, the first mosque of the Basque Country. A neighborhood where "things are going very well" in a city where the Muslim community has "no problem with exogenous elements," said Tuesday to AFP the centrist mayor (UDI) Bayonne Jean-Rene Etchegaray.

The mosque "could reopen at the end of the day Tuesday or tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at the latest, it is only a matter of time," said the mayor. In the meantime, the town hall has made available a room, not far, where "the cults can take place as it has been since yesterday at 5 pm We installed sports mats to create the conditions of worship the closer possible to what is done at the mosque ".

The alleged perpetrator of the incendiary attack and the shooting outside the Bayonne mosque, arrested around 3:30 pm at his home in Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx, remained in custody on Tuesday, on charges of attempted murder.

The floor of Bayonne was to hold a conference at 17H00 Tuesday.

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