3 Jul 2017

Gunfire outside mosque in southern France

2:05 pm on 3 July 2017

Eight people were wounded in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southern French city of Avignon in an incident police consider to be a settling of scores rather than a militant attack, a local media report says.

Regional newspaper La Provence reported eight people were injured in the gunfire outside the mosque.

The newspaper cited witnesses saying two hooded and armed men carrying a handgun and a shotgun pulled up in a car and started shooting as people were coming out of the mosque, before fleeing the scene.

Four people were wounded outside the mosque while a family of four in their apartment about 50m away were injured by shrapnel.

A judicial source told La Provence that police were not treating it as a terrorist-related shooting and suspected instead a dispute between youths.

The source said the worshippers leaving the mosque had not been the intended target.

The incident comes after a man was arrested on Thursday after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil in an incident in which no one was injured. France is on high security alert following a series of militant attacks in recent years.

- Reuters / BBC

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