French authorities hunt shooter after orthodox priest shot outside church

    Composite image scene in Lyon

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    A manhunt is underway for a shooter in the French city of Lyon

    A Greek orthodox priest is defending life after being shot as he closed his church in the French city of Lyon.

    The area has actually been placed on lockdown and a substantial manhunt is underway after the attacker ran away.

    The priest, a Greek person, was struck in the stomach at around 4pm regional time and is being dealt with in a regional healthcare facility with dangerous injuries.

    The assailant was alone and fired from a searching rifle.

    Police cordoned off the mostly property area around the church, and apprehended a single person who looks like descriptions of the shooter, however was not equipped at the time of his arrest, the Lyon district attorney stated in a declaration.

    It stated private investigators are attempting to identify his identity.

    France’s interior ministry stated a ‘serious public security incident’ was underway in the Jean-Macé sector in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon.

    Police tape and emergency situation automobiles stayed in the area as night fell.

    A woman walks past the Greek Orthodox church after a priest was shot

    A priest was shot as he closed this church in Lyon, France (Picture: AP)

    The intention behind the shooting is uncertain.

    The interior minister triggered an unique emergency situation group to keep track of the manhunt, and the Lyon district attorney opened an examination for tried murder.

    Residents and a regional authorities patrol heard shots near the church, and when officers arrived they saw a private escaping and discovered the injured priest by the back entrance, the Lyon district attorney stated in a declaration.

    Following the attack, French Prime Minister Jean Castex stated: ‘This is a very serious incident. Details are still emerging. A crisis unit has been set up.’

    Security and emergency personnel are on October 31, 2020 in Lyon at the scene where an attacker armed with a sawn-off shotgun wounded an Orthodox priest in a shooting before fleeing, said a police source. - The priest, who has Greek nationality, was closing his church when the attack happened and is now in a serious condition, said the source, who asked not to be named. The shooting comes three days after three people were killed in a knife rampage inside a church in the southern town of Nice as France was already on edge after the republication in early September of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed by the Charlie Hebdo weekly, and the beheading of a teacheract. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP via Getty Images)

    Security and emergency situation workers at the scene where an enemy injured an Orthodox priest (Picture: AFP)

    It follows citizens of France were alerted to ‘expect more attacks’ following a harsh church stabbing in Nice that left 3 individuals dead on Thursday.

    A man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (God is Greatest) beheaded a lady and eliminated 2 other individuals in the southern city’s Notre-Dame Basilica.

    Three more attacks were foiled that day, while on Friday a guy was detained in Paris after supposedly attempting to assault authorities with knives.

    The events came amidst stress over a French paper’s publication of caricatures buffooning the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

    Just 2 weeks ago a teacher in a Paris residential area, Samuel Paty, was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen, obviously incensed by the instructor revealing an animation of the Prophet Mohammad in class.

    A soldier blocks the access to the scene

    Security forces stay at the scene (Picture: AP)

    Following his death, President Macron stated France would not ‘renounce the caricatures’ of Prophet Muhammad and enabled animations from French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo to be forecasted onto federal government structures.

    The act triggered anger throughout the Islamic world, with countless Muslims requiring a boycott of French items.

    Mr Macron today stated the nation ‘under attack’ and released countless soldiers to secure websites such as locations of praise and schools.

    Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin stated on Friday that the nation was taken part in a ‘war against Islamist ideology’. 

    ‘We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside,’ he informed RTL radio after a defence council conference. ‘We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks.’

    A French soldier stands behind a cordon in Lyon near the scene where an attacker armed with a sawn-off shotgun wounded an Orthodox priest

    French soldiers are protecting the area in Lyon after the shooting (Picture: Getty)

    Seeking to relax stress and to describe France’s defence of the prophet animations, President Emmanuel Macron offered an interview broadcast on Saturday on Arabic network Al-Jazeera.

    He likewise tweeted that ‘our country has no problem with any religion’, including: ‘No stigmatisation: France is committed to peace and living together in harmony.’

    The Greek Foreign Ministry stated in a declaration: ‘We condemn the attack against an Orthodox priest of Greek origin near the Church of the Annunciation in Lyon, France. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in constant contact with the competent French authorities.’

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