A ‘security incident’ is underway in the French city of Lyon, the French Ministry of the Interior said on Twitter. Everyone is warned to avoid the area. According to the French news agency AFP a priest would have been shot. The culprit is still on the run.
The incident happened around 4pm in the city’s seventh arrondissement. The clergyman would have been shot twice when he was closing the church. He was seriously injured in the process.
The security services are on site with several units. The area around the Jean Macé district is closed. The French Ministry of the Interior is calling to stay out of the area surrounding the incident.
For the time being, no terrorist motive of the perpetrator is assumed. According to French media, it may also have been a personal settlement: the priest is said to have had a fight with a man who attacked him at the time.
France is on edge after a series of terrorist acts by Muslim extremists. On Thursday, three people were killed with a knife in a Catholic church in Nice. Recently, a teacher was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of speech.
The country has had the highest threat level since Thursday. The amendment offers the French government more options for taking security measures.