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03rd Jul 2017

Hooded gunmen open fire on mosque congregation, but incident not being treated as terrorism

A seven-year-old girl was injured during the attack


Eight people have been injured in a shooting outside a mosque, including a seven-year-old girl.

The incident happened at Arrahma mosque in Avignon as worshippers were leaving the place of worship at 10.30pm local time on Sunday evening.

The perpetrators numbered a gang of four, arriving in a Renault Clio before opening fire on the crowd. Two of the group carried out the shooting using a handgun and a shotgun, both wearing hoods, according to local newspaper reports.

Reports state four people were wounded outside the mosque and a family of four – including a seven-year-old girl – also suffered injuries from shrapnel.

According to local sources cited in the Guardian, the suspect had made “confused remarks in relation” to a string of jihadist attacks that have struck France, killing 239 people since 2015.

Police said they were not treating the incident as a terrorist attack.