Mosque spokesman Shamusideen Oladimeji said he believed it was arson. The building was the target of an arson attack three years ago.
“I can only say that when the arsonists are ultimately caught, we will get to hear a fascinating story of why they chose to navigate their way all the way into the middle of the village, and how they had time to set a house on fire, wait to find that it was empty, then walk around and enter another house and set it on fire, wait with the parents, spray graffiti in two places – including with a little design of a crown! – and then run away through the middle of the village with all the townspeople surely already up and on their feet seeing the flames and hearing the family’s cries. Something here is very fishy…”
The night of April 16-17 was catastrophic in the town of Saint-Martin-le-Beau, near Tours. La Nouvelle République posted this article on April 18:
“We don’t understand, in a village like this”… Shock and sadness were reflected on the faces of passers-by and in the remarks heard yesterday morning in the town square. They had before their eyes a scene of desolation, punctuated only by the spinning lights, the movements of the firemen, the fire hoses coiling on the street and a barrier that held them at a distance. The roof of the church had been consumed and pieces of half-charred wood were falling with a crash in the nave…