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Greek Orthodox priest shot by suspected Islamic radical

A Greek Orthodox priest who was closing a church in Lyon, France, was shot on Saturday by a lone assailant using a sawed-off shotgun. The fifty-two-year-old priest was shot in the stomach; his condition is considered life-threatening, according to police and the Lyon prosecutor's office.


The assailant fled after the shooting and remains at large. A police spokesperson said the shooter was dressed in a long black coat and a black beanie and seemed to be hiding the shotgun under his coat.
France’s Interior Ministry tweeted that a serious security incident had happened near Lyon’s Jean-Macé quarter and that a security cordon was in place.
The shooting comes only two days after three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in Nice. An investigation into that incident is underway but French President Emmanuel Macron has said the country was under attack by “Islamist and terrorist madness.”


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