PARIS – According to French media reports, a Greek Orthodox priest was shot and injured Saturday afternoon in the central French city of Lyon.
According to reports, the attacker went to the priest around 4am, when he was closing his church and firing at him with a saw-to-gun, leaving him seriously injured.
The exact circumstances of the shooting and the motivations of the attacker were not immediately clear. The shooting takes place in France at a time of heightened tension, which continues even after Three churchgoers killed Thursday in the southern city of Nees.
After Saturday’s shooting, the French interior ministry Warn An unspecified security program and police were closing the site at Lyon’s 7th coronation. local authority Asked Residents to escape the area.
French authorities had kept the country at its highest terrorism alert level after the attack in Nice and increased security patrols around major sites, including places of worship.
Jean Castex, prime minister, told reporters on Saturday that “serious incidents” had just occurred in Lyon but he had no idea about the exact circumstances.
Mr Castex, who visited the city to review the increased security at the church, said he was returning to Paris immediately.