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Orthodox priest shoots in French church



French police said that the Greek Orthodox priest was shot at when closing the church in Lyon on Saturday.

A public official told the Associated Press that the Greek priest, a Greek citizen, was injured in a fatal local hospital after being shot in the abdomen. The official said that the attacker was a man and was fired with a shotgun.

The police blocked the community around the church and warned the public on Twitter not to approach. As night fell in Lyon, police cars and emergency vehicles could be seen on the images displayed on French television.

The cause of the attack is unclear.Happened two days later Islamic extremism knife attack Three people were killed in a Catholic church in Nice, France. A French newspaper mocked the cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad causing tension.

French counter-terrorism authorities did not investigate Saturday’s shooting, although the Minister of Internal Affairs set up a special emergency team to follow up the case while the gunman was still at large.

Prime Minister Jean Castex reiterated the government̵

7;s commitment to deploy troops in religious sites and schools. He said that the French people can “look on the state to allow them to practice religion in complete security and freedom.”

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On October 31, 2020, the Orthodox priest was seriously injured when he closed the church. Three days after the shooting, three people were killed in a knife hack at a church in the southern French city of Nice.

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