French Magazine Is Firebombed After Mocking the Prophet Muhammad

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The office of French magazine Charlie Hebdo was destroyed after the satirical paper put a drawing of Muhammad on the cover and jokingly named him its "editor-in-chief." No one was hurt.

Witnesses say a Molotov cocktail was hurled through a window, setting fire to the computer system and destroying the entire office. The paper's website was also hacked.

The edition set to hit newsstands today changed the name of the paper to "Charia Hebdo" (a reference to sharia law) and featured a cartoonish picture of Muhammad saying, "100 lashes if you are not dying of laughter." (You can see the cover here.) An editorial insisde the magazine was attributed to the prophet.

The paper was sued in 2007 after republishing the infamous Danish cartoons of Muhammad that led to riots and protests from outraged Muslims. The paper said this latest issue was a response to the victory of Islamist parties in the Tunisian elections and claims that sharia law could be implemented across newly-freed Libya.

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