A group of Islamic extremists burst into a French mosque's prayer service and threatened the presiding imam, known for his efforts to improve Muslim-Jewish ties.

"We are going to liquidate him, this imam of the Jews," said some of the about 80 people who interrupted Monday's services in Hassen Chalghoumi's mosque north of Paris, in Drancy, according to Chalghoumi's adviser and French news reports. There were about 200 worshipers in the mosque at the time.

The intruders also called Chalghoumi a "heathen" and "renegade."

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