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Praying Moroccan Muslim forced off Air France flight

The Moroccan passenger was forced out of an Air France flight for praying [AFP]

Date of publication: 9 December, 2015

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A 20-year-old passenger was forced to miss his flight to Paris after a fellow passenger complained about him praying and watching a religious film before take-off.

A Muslim man was forced to leave an Air France flight in Copenhagen's Kastrup airport for praying before the flight, according to the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper.

The 20-year-old Moroccan had to miss his Paris-bound flight after another passenger complained about him praying and watching a religious film before take-off.

The young man was reportedly on his way back to Morocco via Paris after taking part in a competition in Sweden.

After the airport's police centre announced he had "nothing suspicious" in his luggage, the man was allowed to take the next available flight to Morocco.

The incident came amid tightened security measures after a series of attacks and mass shootings left hundreds dead in the past two months.

In late October, a bomb attack brought down a Russian passenger jet over Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.

The incident came amid tightened security measures after a series of attacks and mass shootings left hundreds dead in the past two months.

Two weeks later, a chain of overnight attacks across Paris left more than 120 people dead.

Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

On 2 December, a Muslim couple shot dead 14 people and injured 21 others in San Bernadino, California.

The attacks raised fears of a growing backlash against Muslims in Europe and the US.

A few days after the Paris attack, Australian telecommunications company Optus had to remove Arabic signs from a store in Sydney after its staff were threatened by angry customers.

On Monday, leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump issued a statement calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States.

"Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life," he said in the statement.

Trump's statement came only a day after US President Barack Obama made a speech from the Oval Office in which he urged Americans not to turn against each other in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

"We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam," Obama said in his speech.

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