PARIS (Reuters) – A Greek Orthodox priest was seriously shot and wounded in a church in the French city of Lyon on Saturday by an assailant who then fled, according to a police source and witnesses
There was no clear indication of a motive within hours of the attack, and officials gave no indication that it was a motive related to terrorism Police sources and judicial officials said counterterrorism prosecutors had not been called
The priest was shot twice around 4 p.m. (3 p.m. GMT) as he closed the church and was treated for life-threatening injuries, the police source said
Witnesses said the church in the center of town was Greek Orthodox Another police source said the priest was of Greek nationality and was able to tell emergency services upon arrival that he did not hadn’t recognized his attacker
A suspect was arrested several hours later in a kebab in Lyon and taken into police custody, the first police source said There was no confirmation that the person was the alleged perpetrator, however, nor any indication whether the police were still looking for someone else.
A source at the Lyon prosecutor’s office said she opened an investigation into an attempted murder, and local authorities said the motive for the attack was not immediately clear
The incident came two days after a man shouted « Allahu Akbar! » (God is the greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice
Two weeks ago, a schoolteacher in a Parisian suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old assailant who was allegedly irritated by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad during a class
Government ministers warned that there could be further attacks by Islamist militants President Emmanuel Macron has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect sites such as places of worship and schools
Report by Catherine Lagrange, Sarah White and Marc Angrand; Additional reporting by Lefteris Papadimas in Athens; Writing by Christian Lowe; Edited by Kevin Liffey
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