French po­lice raid Shi­ite Is­lamic cen­tre

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

ABOUT 200 po­lice raided the head­quar­ters in north­ern France of a Shi­ite Is­lamic as­so­ci­a­tion and the homes of its lead­ers who are sus­pected of sup­port­ing “ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions”, se­cu­rity sources said. The op­er­a­tion against the Zahra Cen­tre France in Grande Syn­the, a sub­urb of the port city of Dunkirk, was staged as part of the “preven­tion of ter­ror­ism” pro­ce­dures, re­gional au­thor­i­ties said in a state­ment. A se­cu­rity source told AFP that 11 peo­ple had been ar­rested, while French au­thor­i­ties also froze the fi­nan­cial as­sets of the cen­tre which is headed by Yahia Gouasmi, who is known for his anti-Zion­ist views and links to Iran.

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