Gunmen open fire near French mosque injuring eight people
Two men have carried out a shooting near a mosque in Avignon leaving eight people injured, the French prosecutor’s office has said.
According to witness accounts, at least two armed men got out of a car around 10.30pm on Sunday near the Arrahma mosque and opened fire.
None of the wounded are said to have life-threatening injuries.
The prosecutor ruled out any connection with terrorism.
“From what we know this evening, the mosque was not targeted. The fact that it happened in the street of the religious establishment was unconnected with it,” the prosecutor said.
Police believe the attack may have been the result of a dispute between young people, according to La Provence newspaper.
The shooting comes just days after a man attempted to drive his car into worshippers outside the Creteil mosque in southeast Paris.
The 43-year-old driver hit barriers and pillars outside the mosque with his 4×4 without causing any injuries before crashing into a traffic island.
After the incident, Muslim officials called on the authorities to “strengthen protection of places of worship”.
The Paris police commissioner reiterated his orders for vigilance in protecting Muslim places of worship.
Original article courtesy of Sky News.