A person has been injured by several shots This saturday near an orthodox church in the French city of Lyon, as confirmed by police and emergency sources to the medium ‘Lyon Magazine’.
The incident has taken place around 4:00 p.m. in the rue de Saint-Lazar and the victim has been transferred consciously to the hospital, with “damage to the abdomen.”
A sawed-off shotgun
In the area, which is cordoned off by law enforcement, the priest was evacuated on a stretcher and his life is in danger, police sources indicated. According to the television station “BFMTV”, the injured man is a 52-year-old priest of Greek origin.
According to the first elements of the investigation, the aggressor carried out two shots with a rifle with a clipped barrel when the religious was preparing to close his church, a Greek Orthodox temple located in the 7th district of the third city of France, in the neighborhood known as Jean Macé.
Area cordoned off by police
The French police deployed a significant deployment of agents in search of the aggressor, while cordoned off the area and asked through social networks to avoid the affected neighborhood.
The attack occurs two days after three people were beheaded in a Catholic basilica in Nice, which led the French Government to reinforce security in religious temples on the eve of the All Saints holiday.
The prime minister attends the crisis cell opened in Paris
Prime Minister Jean Castex ended a visit he was making to Brittany to attend the crisis cell opened in Paris by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, in order to monitor the situation.
Castex was precisely in Saint-Etienne-de-Rouvray, scene of the murder of a Catholic priest in 2016 at the hands of an Islamist, to check the security reinforcement of religious places. “I want to guarantee all citizens that they will be able to practice their worship in complete freedom and in total safety,” the head of the Government told reporters.