Muslim group battles Islamophobia while plotting terrorist attacks against Jews in France.
Two jihadist brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, murdered 11 journalists at Charlie Hebdo offices in January.
Fourteen members of an anti-Islamophobic French Muslim group were charged with plotting terrorist attacks against Jewish targets in France.
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Fourteen members of a banned Islamic group stood trial in Paris on Monday on terror charges after police found a “hit list” of Jewish stores marked “targets” in files belonging to its leader.
Several of the stores belonged to the Hyper Cacher chain, like the one in which four people were killed in a hostage drama two days after the Islamist killings at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical weekly.
The group was dismantled amid a crackdown on radicals shortly after a 2012 killing spree in southern France by Mohamed Merah, who attacked a Jewish school and soldiers, killing seven people before being gunned down by police.
In a web chat, its leader went on to praise the Mohamed Merah killings as “a blessing from Allah” and to pledge inflicting more “scars on France”.