A Greek Orthodox priest was shot dead on Saturday at a church in Lyon, France, and the authorities are looking for the attacker.
The cause of the shooting is unclear.
A 52-year-old pastor closed the church around 4 pm when a man approached him with a shotgun. The suspect fired more than one shot, hitting the priest in the abdomen. He is seriously ill.
The mayor of Lyon, Grégory Doucet, said hours after the shooting that the priest is undergoing surgery and that the investigation of the attack is still in the early stages.
The incident occurred two days ago when a Catholic church in the French city of Nice was attacked by a knife, killing three people, and a cartoon published by a French magazine satirizing the Muslim prophet Muhammad also caused tension. The authorities are investigating this suspected terrorist attack.
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France’s chief counter-terrorism prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, said at a press conference that witnesses in the church said that they heard the suspect yelling “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” in Arabic. “.
The authorities found items believed to belong to the man, including the Quran, three knives and two mobile phones.
Ricard said that the suspect had entered the country on October 9 and had previously lived in Lampedusa, Italy, the island of entry for European immigrants from Africa. He was detained after the stabbing.
Earlier this month, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee beheaded a French school teacher who showed students a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad published in Charlie Hebdo magazine.
This is a developing story; please check back for updates.
Associated Press Contributed.