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French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo hit by petrol bombers and office gutted

By Hamish Mackay

November 2, 2011 | 2 min read

The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, according to French police.

BBC TV News reports that the petrol bomb attack comes a day after the publication named the Prophet Muhammad as its "editor-in-chief" for its next issue.

The magazine said the move was intended to "celebrate" the victory of an Islamist party in Tunisia's election.

Charlie Hedbo's editor is quoted as saying: "We no longer have a newspaper. All our equipment has been destroyed."

A single Molotov cocktail was thrown at the offices of Charlie Hebdo during the night and a large amount of material in the office was destroyed, police said.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Charlie Hebdo's website has also been hacked with a message in English and Turkish attacking the magazine.

The magazine was criticised by Muslims in 2007 after reprinting the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that caused outrage around the Islamic world.

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