Avignon shooting: 8 hurt near French mosque


8 people have actually been hurt in a shooting outside a mosque in southern France, authorities have actually verified.

Worshippers leaving the Arrahma mosque in Avignon were approached by 2 hooded suspects at about 22:30 local time (21:30 GMT) on Sunday.

The suspects, bring a pistol and a shotgun, gotten here in a Renault Clio before opening fire on the crowd, La Provence paper reports.

Authorities stated they were not dealing with the event as a terrorist attack.
4 people were injured outside the mosque and a household of 4 – consisting of a seven-year-old lady – likewise suffered injuries from shrapnel while in their house, found some 50 metres away, La Provence stated, mentioning a source.

2 of the 8 injured were hospitalised, inning accordance with the source, who likewise stated that worshippers leaving the mosque had actually not been the desired target.

An eyewitness spoke with at the scene stated that lots of people near the mosque began to run when they saw the 2 suspects leave the lorry and approach them with guns.
” It was a black Renault automobile,” the witness stated, including: “There were 4 people, just 2 of them, who were seated in the back, marched and began contending everybody.”

The Avignon attack is not being dealt with as a terrorist occurrence, the district attorney’s workplace stated. “The reality that it occurred in the street of the spiritual facility was inapplicable with it,” the district attorney stated.

Laure Chabaud, a district magistrate, stated that the occurrence was most likely to be the outcome of a conflict in between youths.

The criminal examination department has actually organized the case, AFP news company reports.

On Thursday, a guy was detained after attempting to own a cars and truck into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburban area of Creteil. No-one was hurt in the occurrence.
France stays on alert in the middle of increased security following a lethal attack on Paris authorities in April and a series of terrorist occurrences in the last few years.