Gunmen open fire at mosque in France leaving eight injured



Two gunmen reportedly opened fire at a mosque in France, leaving at least eight people injured, according to French media. 


The hooded attackers pulling up at the Arrahma mosque began shooting around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday in Avignon, Provence, before fleeing the scene, according to France’s La Provence newspaper.


One shooter had a rifle, and the other was carrying a handgun, the newspaper reported.

A police officer stands guard on a street near a scene of a shooting in front of a mosque.

A police officer stands guard on a street near a scene of a shooting in front of a mosque.

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Worshipers were leaving the mosque as the attack unfolded. Police were not treating the incident as an act of terrorism, but believe it was caused by a dispute between two people, La Provence said.

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At least four people were injured outside the mosque, and about 50 meters away, a family of four was also hit by shrapnel in their apartment, the newspaper reported.

Police officers work at the scene of a shooting in front of a mosque.

Police officers work at the scene of a shooting in front of a mosque.

(REUTERS TV/REUTERS)


A 7-year-old girl was among the wounded, La Provence said.


The incident comes after a mosque attack in Finsbury Park in London where one person was killed and at least nine others were injured on June 19. 


Darren Osborne, 47, a father of four from Wales, was arrested on terrorism-related charges of murder and attempted murder for plowing his car into the group of worshipers, British police said. 

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