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France: Man who had written threatening messages in Arabic on museum wall arrested, police claim man ‘mentally unstable’

Saint-Raphael is a cultural and historical centre near the France-Italy border. The small museum includes a medieval church, insights into underwater archaeology and various crypts.

The man who had taken over Saint Raphael Museum in South France and wrote threatening messages in Arabic on the walls has been arrested by the French Police. As per initial investigation, the police has ruled out terrorism as motive. Police believes that the man is ‘mentally unstable’.

A siege had taken place at Saint Raphael Museum in South France after at least one man had holed himself up inside the museum. He has allegedly written threatening messages on the building walls in Arabic.

According to the reports, the French police officials had surrounded the archaeology museum in the Mediterranean town of Saint-Raphael after a man, possibly with an accomplice broke into the museum last night.

The French police were alerted by a housekeeper, who found an Arabic inscription on the wall upon her arrival for work. One of the inscriptions written in Arabic is understood to have said ‘the museum will become a hell.’

Read: ‘Islam convert’ stabs four at police headquarters in Paris

The housekeeper arrived at work this morning to find she was unable to access the building. Later, she called the police. The police had advised people to avoid the area if possible. It is unclear whether the man is armed or he has an accomplice.

Saint-Raphael is a cultural and historical centre near the France-Italy border. The small museum includes a medieval church, insights into underwater archaeology and various crypts.

(The story has been updated with relevant information. This is a developing story. We will update the report as more information regarding the incident is available.)

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