French Magazine Firebombed After Arab Spring Satire, AFP Reports

The offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine that published a special edition featuring the prophet Mohammed as a “guest editor,” were gutted in an overnight firebomb attack, Agence France-Presse reported, citing an unidentified police official.

Charlie Hebdo published a special edition today to commemorate the recent Arab Spring uprisings, including a cartoon image of the prophet on the cover.

The fire started about 1 a.m. and caused no injuries, the news service reported., Patrick Pelloux, a witness at the scene, told AFP that a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window and set fire to the computer system.

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