A priest shot dead in church in France, the attacker at large

Top line

A Greek Orthodox priest was shot dead in a church in Lyon, France on Saturday by an unknown assailant who then fled, according to police, this latest attack causing concern, it is linked to the murders which took place near a church in Nice on Thursday, which the mayor of Nice called a “terrorist attack”

Highlights

The priest was would have shot twice in the abdomen and is in a local hospital with fatal injuries

There was a gunman in the attack, who used a shotgun.

The priest, a Greek citizen, was close the church, around 4:00 p.m. local time at the time of filming.

Police blocked off the area around the church and authorities said they had locked down part of the city to search for the assailant.

The motive for the shooting is not yet known, but the attack comes just two days after a the woman was beheaded and two other people were killed in a church in Nice, France.

Key context:

The man arrested for the killing in Nice, a 21-year-old Tunisian national named Brahim al-Aouissaoui is currently in police custody. Police shot Aouissaoui before arresting him, and he is now in critical condition. He was carrying a Koran and the knife used in the murders when he was captured. Aouissaoui is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is the greatest” in Arabic) during the attack. Two weeks earlier, Samuel Paty, a history professor, had been beheaded in a Paris suburb by Chechen refugee Abdulakh Anzorov, 18, in what French President Emmanuel Macron called an “Islamist terrorist attack”. Paty had would have showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad of Islam to his students while discussing free speech.

Critical citation:

“No theory is privileged, no theory is excluded”, declared the mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet told reporters On Saturday. “We do not know at this stage the motive for this attack.”

Further reading:

Woman beheaded, two others killed in suspected terrorist attack in France, gunman killed in other incident (Forbes)

Orthodox priest shot dead in church in France; fleeing attacker (PA)

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