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Priest seriously hurt in Lyon as France rocked by 3rd terror attack this month

Another terror attack has apparently been carried out in France, the third in two weeks and fourth in 2 months, leaving a Greek Orthodox Priest dead.

The AFP reported that the priest was shot at a Greek Orthodox church in Lyon. He was shot with a sawed-off shotgun, according to reports, which means the attack was likely a gruesome scene.

The alleged perpetrator of the attack is on the run. France is already on its highest terror alert due to the two other terror attacks, which both involved knives, and one of which was also carried out in a church.

In a tweet the Ministry of the Interior warned citizens that an incident was underway in the 7th arrondissement in Lyon.

French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly infuriated Muslims around the world when he said he would defend the right to freedom of expression, including the right to show Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, a gesture that’s considered serious blasphemy by the Islamic faith. A decision to share the cartoons in class as part of a discussion on freedom of expression led to the decapitation of teacher Samuel Paty by an 18-year-old Chechen national.

The priest was attacked when he was closing the church, at around 4pm local time, police sources told Reuters and BFMTV. He suffered two gunshot wounds, which were described first as “life-threatening,” and was receiving treatment on site.

Le Parisien has reported the shooter was armed with a sawn-off hunting rifle.

A manhunt for the suspected terrorist is reportedly underway.


UPDATE: The 52-year-old priest, who has Greek nationality, was closing his church mid-afternoon when the attack happened and is now in serious condition at a hospital, said the source, who asked not to be named.

The small Orthodox church is situated in a residential area of Lyon which was especially quiet due to the new lockdown measures introduced in France on Friday to stem the growing coronavirus pandemic.

In Paris, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin opened a crisis cell meeting to consider the situation.

Prime Minister Jean Castex spoke of “the government’s determination to allow each and everyone to practice their worship in complete safety and in complete freedom.”