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Muslims condemn paper arson attack
Politicians and Muslim leaders have denounced a firebomb attack that destroyed the offices of a satirical French newspaper after it "invited" the Prophet Mohammed as its guest editor.
No one was injured in the fire at Charlie Hebdo weekly in eastern Paris, hours before the current issue hit the news-stands. One witness saw someone throwing two firebombs at the building and the newspaper's director, who goes by the name Charb, said a Molotov cocktail was the cause of the fire. He blamed "radical stupid people who don't know what Islam is," for the apparent attack. "I think that they are themselves unbelievers ... idiots who betray their own religion," he said.
The front-page of the weekly, subtitled "Sharia Hebdo," a reference to Islamic law, showed a cartoon-like man with a turban, white robe and beard smiling broadly and saying, in an accompanying bubble, "100 lashes if you don't die laughing."
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