A package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery in Paris Wednesday, injuring at least four people, according to The Jewish Community Protection Service, an organization that tracks anti-Semitic attacks in France.
The attack on the Jewish store comes amid an escalation of tensions after a satirical French weekly magazine’s published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, according to a Fox News report.
The incident occurred in the suburbs of Paris where according to the TJCPS website two men dressed in black tossed an explosive device into the kosher supermarket in the suburb of Sarcelles around noon Wednesday.
Trying to temper resident’s frayed nerves, Yves Jannier, state prosecutor in the Val d'Oise region where Sarcelles is located, said it was too early to draw any conclusions about motives but an investigation is underway.
"We'll need to analyze, quantify and measure all these elements, such as to know perhaps the type of explosives used," he said at a news conference. "But for now, we should avoid any extrapolation or hasty conclusions."
The Sipa news agency said four people received injuries to their arms and legs from glass shrapnel when the device detonated. The Sipa report said two assailants threw something through the storefront window just before the explosion.
The victims are receiving medical attention for their wounds.
France, with Western Europe's largest Jewish population, is also home to the largest Muslim community in that region, and is seen as a potential flashpoint for violence since nationwide riots broke out in 2005.
In March, a gunman claiming ties to radical Islam killed three Jewish children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, raising fears of a another wave of anti-Semitic violence in that country.
Meanwhile, Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, published obscene cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed Wednesday.
Charlie Hebdo says the world has to stand up for free speech or risk losing such freedoms altogether.