LYON, France (AP) — A Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday whereas he was closing his church within the French metropolis of Lyon, and authorities locked down a part of the town to hunt for the assailant, police stated.
The priest, a Greek citizen, is in an area hospital with life-threatening accidents after being hit within the stomach, a police official advised The Related Press. The attacker was alone and fired from a searching rifle, stated the official, who was not approved to be publicly named.
Police cordoned off the largely residential neighborhood across the church and warned the general public on social networks to remain away. As evening fell on Lyon, an Related Press reporter noticed police tape and emergency autos all through the neighborhood. Nationwide police tweeted that “a critical public safety incident” was beneath approach.
The explanation for the taking pictures was unclear. It occurred two days after an Islamic extremist knife assault at a Catholic church within the French metropolis of Good that killed three folks, and amid ongoing tensions over a French newspaper’s publication of caricatures mocking the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
French anti-terrorist authorities weren’t investigating Saturday’s taking pictures, though the inside minister activated a particular emergency staff to comply with the case whereas the gunman was nonetheless at giant.
Prime Minister Jean Castex reiterated authorities guarantees to deploy navy forces at spiritual websites and colleges. He stated French folks can “rely on the nation to permit them to apply their faith in full security and freedom.”
In search of to calm tensions and to clarify France’s protection of the prophet cartoons, President Emmanuel Macron gave an interview broadcast Saturday on Arabic community Al-Jazeera. Macron additionally tweeted that “our nation has no downside with any faith. They’re all practiced right here freely! No stigmatization: France is dedicated to peace and dwelling collectively in concord.”
Charlton reported from Paris.