Vandals desecrate graves of Muslim war veterans

Vandals daubed swastikas and anti-Islam slogans on graves of French Muslim War veterans in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France. About 500 of the 576 Muslim graves were defaced on the eve of Islam’s Eid al-Adha feast. President Nicolas Sarkozy called the incident “abject and revolting.”

The vandalism marks the third time in the past two years that Muslim tombstones have been desecrated at the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette cemetery, one of the nation’s largest military graveyards with more than 30,000 soldiers are buried in the cemetery. In April 2008, 148 tombs were desecrated and the year before 52 headstones and an ossuary were vandalized. Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie said that police are investigating the incident.

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