Eight wounded in shooting outside France mosque

Eight people wounded as gunmen open fire outside a mosque in Provence. Motive believed to be criminal.

Elad Benari ,

Police (illustration)
Police (illustration)

Eight people were wounded on Sunday night after gunmen reportedly opened fire outside a mosque in southeast France, The Telegraph reported.

Worshippers were leaving the Arrahma mosque in Avignon, Provence, at about 10.30 p.m. (local time) when, according to the report, two "hooded men" pulled up in a car and got out.

Police said the gunmen started shooting, wounding four people at the scene. A family of four who were in a nearby apartment were wounded by shrapnel.

One of the attackers was carrying a handgun, while the other had a rifle, according to The Telegraph.

The shooters fled the scene. Police are searching for them.

The motive for the shooting is not yet clear, but reports indicated it is not being treated as a terrorist attack.

Laure Chabaud, an Avignon magistrate, was quoted as having said police suspected the shooting was related to a gangland dispute.

The incident comes two weeks after a man attacked worshippers outside a Finsbury Park mosque in London, killing one and injuring nine.

The man, who drove a van and mowed down pedestrians outside of the mosque, said he wanted to “kill all Muslims”, in an apparent deliberate attack targeting mosque-goers.