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Eight injured in shooting outside France mosque

Eight injured in shooting outside France mosque

Avignon, France: Two gunmen attacked eight worshippers, who were leaving the AR-Rahma mosque in Avignon. Eight got injured outside the mosque, which is located in southern France, officials have confirmed.

The victims were approached by two hooded suspects at about 22:30 local time (21:30 GMT) on Sunday. The suspects, carrying a handgun and a shotgun, arrived in a Renault Clio before opening fire on the crowd, BBC reports.

Police said that they did not consider it as a terrorist attack. Laure Chabaud, a district magistrate, said that the incident was likely to be the result of a dispute between youths.

Four people were wounded outside the mosque and a family of four, including a seven-year-old girl, also got injuries from shrapnel while in their apartment, located some 50 metres away, La Provence said, citing a source.

A man was arrested on Thursday after trying to rush a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil. No-one was injured in the incident.
France remains on alert as security has been tightened, following a deadly attack on Paris police in April and a series of attacks in recent years.