Unidentified attackers rammed a burning car into the gates of a Toulouse synagogue while a lecture was underway inside Monday night. A second vehicle, apparently used to push the flaming car into the synagogue, was found to hold several more firebombs. The attempted bombing damaged the synagogue, but the dozen or so people inside escaped unharmed.
While French radio has been repeatedly linking the attack to the ongoing Israeli counter-terrorism operation in Gaza, security analysts from the Israel- and U.S.-based Institute for Terrorism Research and Response noted that the attack occurred on the same day as the start of a Paris trial of an al-Qaeda leader accused of plotting a bombing of a Tunisian synagogue in 2002, in which 21 people were murdered, including French tourists. The accused, Khaled Sheikh Muhammad, is also allegedly the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.