Mediernes mange eksperter har for vane at kombinere konkrete eksempler på islamisk terrorisme med frygten for ‘backlash’ mod muslimer, og overalt i Europa bevogter politiet ikke bare trafikale knudepunkter, centrale bygninger og synagoger, men også moskéer. Fredag blev en moské i Valence i det sydøstlige Frankrig angrebet af en 29-årig mand, der bevidst påkørte vagter der beskyttede moskéen mod anti-islamiske ekstremister.
Engelske Independent beskrev hurtigt gerningsmanden som en 30-årig mand fra Lyon, men du har ikke læst noget i de danske medier, for selvom gerningsmanden havde fransk pas, så drejer det sig om en 29-årig tuneser. Al Jazeera har mere om gerningsmandens motiv – Clues found in attack on French troops guarding mosque.
“Alex Perrin, the prosecutor, said however that it did not prove he had links with ‘terrorist groups’.
He said the 29-year-old French citizen of Tunisian descent appeared to have acted alone as he rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in the southeastern city of Valence.
A soldier and an elderly man were injured in the incident.
‘The inspection of his computer led to the discovery of jihadi propaganda images,’ Perrin told Reuters news agency.
‘These are downloadable images that are a few weeks old. Not the worst type of images, but rather bellicose slogans,’ he said. ‘It shows he had an appreciation of that but it does not prove he had links with terrorist organisations. …
‘When he was apprehended, he mentioned the fact that he wanted to kill troops because troops killed people,’ Perrin said. ‘He said he wanted to be killed by troops.'”