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Carnage in Paris

14-11-2015

At least three terrorist outrages flared in Paris yesterday afternoon as masked men with AK47 machine-guns stormed a cafe on the 10th Arrondisement, a theatre and a bar near the Stade de Paris, where a game between France and Germany was taking place.

Unconfirmed reports from police officials who requested anonymity - because they were not authorised to be named - suggests that at least 110 hostages have been taken, and the death toll amongst those hostages stands currently at 40, but is expected to rise.  It is believed that all the terrorists have been killed, some with suicide belts.

In the aftermath of the attack, voices of condemnation have come - even from the Islamic world.  Both President Al Sisi of Egypt and Iran's President Rouhani are believed to have condemned the attacks, Rouhani saying it's an "attack on humanity" and Al Sisi vowing that terrorism will be defeated.  Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood have not directly condemned the attacks.

In Britain, a handful of hardline Islamists have called on British Muslims to "struggle for an Islamic state", without hindrance from British authorities, whilst in Calais, the Mayor reports that the "Jungle" migrant camp has been set ablaze in retaliation for the Paris bombings.

Indeed, there appears to be a backlash against refugees.  President Viktor Orban of Hungary has restated the Isil assertion that there are terrorists in the midsts of the migrants, and suggests that the whole migrant situation is a left-wing ploy to shore up their vote, and demonstrations in support of migrants have failed to attract large numbers.

That backlash may yet prove to have adverse effects for Muslims in western countries.  There have already been calls to boycott Islamic goods, so as to attempt to starve the Islamic State of funds.

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