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An Islamist in custody over attempts to attack publishers of Mohammed cartoons

(Xinhua)

08:40, September 21, 2012

PARIS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- French police arrested a young Islamist who intended to attack French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo after publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, local media reported Thursday.

An 18-old-year man from Toulon, southern France, was in custody since Wednesday morning after one of his relatives denounced his plans to head to the weekly office in Paris and attack those responsible of the cartoons mocking the Prophet, local broadcaster Europe 1 said.

According to news channel BFMTV, Paris police banned a planned protest outside Paris Mosque on Saturday as a precautionary measure after calls circulated on social networks to protest over the movie.

Furthermore, French authorities ordered the closure of its diplomatic offices and schools in 20 countries on Friday fearing violent demonstrations after Muslim prayers.

The French magazine on Wednesday portrayed the Prophet naked in cartoons, a move that could fuel further Muslims furor over the broadcast of a U.S. anti-Islam-movie that triggered deadly protest in some Muslim countries.

In November 2011, the French satirical weekly's office was set on fire after publishing caricature ridiculing the Prophet Mohamed while Muslims consider any representation of Allah or the Prophet Mohammad an offensive.

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