The hanging of a Byzantine flag over a mosque in Cyprus' Larnaca city was described as a "provocation" by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay.
Amid a sharp spike in attacks and desecrations of mosques in Tunisia, some see a larger strategy at work trying to incite religious conflict and undermine the current government.
The Christchurch terror attack on Muslim worshippers is not the only one in recent times. In the last decade, at least 806 people have been killed in anti-Muslim attacks and 733 of them were in the middle of their prayers.
The suspect, a 43-year-old Armenian, was taken from the Paris suburb of Creteil for allegedly attempting to ram a 4X4 vehicle into people standing in front of a mosque, police say.
The identities of the six victims of Sunday's shooting have also been released.
The man had stormed into a mosque in the Swiss city and opened fire on people praying inside on Monday.
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