Two men have carried out a shooting near a mosque in Avignon leaving eight people injured, the French prosecutor’s office has said. According to witness accounts, at least two armed men got out of a car near the Arrahma mosque and opened fire.
According to The Sun, the attackers appeared to speed their car into the crowd before opening fire, and police are presently hunting for suspects. None of the wounded are said to have life-threatening injuries. At least four were wounded as the crowd panicked and attempted to flee.
Sky News The prosecutor ruled out any connection with terrorism. “From what we know this evening, the mosque was not targeted. The fact that it happened in the street of the religious establishment was unconnected with it,” the prosecutor said.
Police believe the attack may have been the result of a dispute between young people, according to La Provence newspaper. The shooting comes just days after a man attempted to drive his car into worshippers outside the Creteil mosque in southeast Paris.