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By Sarah White and Catherine Lagrange
PARIS (Reuters) – A Greek Orthodox priest was shot and badly wounded on Saturday at a church within the French metropolis of Lyon by an assailant who then fled, a police supply and witnesses mentioned.
It was not instantly clear what the assailant’s motive had been, native authorities and prosecutors mentioned.
The priest was fired on twice at round 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) as he was closing the church, and he was being handled for life-threatening accidents, the police supply mentioned.
Witnesses mentioned the church, within the centre of town, was Greek Orthodox. One other police supply mentioned the priest was of Greek nationality, and had been in a position to inform emergency providers as they arrived that he had not recognised his assailant.
A Greek authorities official recognized the priest as Nikolaos Kakavelakis.
A suspect was arrested a number of hours later at a kebab store in Lyon and positioned in police custody, the primary police supply mentioned. There was no affirmation that the individual was the suspected assailant, nevertheless, or if police had been nonetheless in search of another person.
There was no indication from French officers that the assault was terrorism-related. The French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace had not been introduced in, as is regular when regulation enforcement officers suspect a terrorism hyperlink, France’s BFMTV broadcaster mentioned.
The incident got here two days after a person shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Biggest) beheaded a girl and killed two different folks in a church in Good.
Two weeks in the past, a schoolteacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old attacker who was apparently incensed by the instructor exhibiting a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad throughout a category.
Authorities ministers had warned that there might be different Islamist militant assaults. President Emmanuel Macron has deployed hundreds of troopers to guard websites equivalent to locations of worship and faculties.
The Good assault befell on the day Muslims have fun the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday. Many Muslims all over the world have been angered about France’s defence of the precise to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet.
A 3rd individual has been taken into police custody in reference to that assault, a police supply mentioned on Saturday. The suspected assailant was shot by police and remained in vital situation in hospital.
Macron took to Arabic-language airwaves on Saturday, saying he understood the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad might shock some folks however that there was no justification for acts of violence.
In an interview with Al Jazeera launched on Saturday, Macron mentioned his place had been misconstrued: that he by no means supported publication of cartoons seen as insulting by Muslims, however had defended the precise of free expression.
“I perceive and I respect the truth that folks may be shocked by these caricatures, however I’ll by no means settle for any justification for acts of violence over these caricatures,” Macron mentioned.
The instructor killed on Oct. 16, Samuel Paty, had confirmed cartoons at school to immediate dialogue of free speech.
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