Orthodox priest wounded in shooting in Lyon

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Orthodox priest wounded in shooting in Lyon

An Orthodox priest was wounded as a result of shooting in Lyon, France, near a Greek church. This is reported by BFMTV on Saturday 31 October.

According to the TV channel, the attacker fled the scene. The incident happened when the priest was closing the church. An unknown person shot him twice with a hunting rifle. The victim's condition is assessed as serious.

According to preliminary data, the arrow is about 40 years old. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen urged to avoid visiting the 7th district of Lyon. A security perimeter was installed at the scene. Police officers and rescuers are on duty.

The attack became known earlier on October 31.

On October 29, an attack in Nice killed three people. The knife attack was carried out by a Tunisian in the church of Notre Dame de Nice. According to updated information, the throats were cut in two victims, but the attacker did not completely decapitate them.

It is alleged that previously the criminal Ibrahim al-Awisawi did not come to the attention of the police, but at the same time had connections with an international terrorist organization. It is known that he shouted “Allahu Akbar!” and continued to repeat these words even after his arrest. A previously unknown group, Al-Mahdi in southern Tunisia, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Mayor of Nice considered the armed attack a terrorist act and a manifestation of “Islamofascism”. He announced the arrest of the attacker and thanked the police officers for their prompt action.

The incident took place 13 days after the teacher was beheaded in a suburb of Paris.

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