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The Greek Orthodox priest is killed in hospital after being shot twice in the stomach in Lyon


A Greek Orthodox priest was shot dead and seriously wounded by an attacker in the French city of Lyon.

The Christian clergyman was just closing his church when the shooter struck around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The clergyman is a 52-year-old archpriest – a term used in Eastern Christian religions to describe a non-monastic priest.

He was easily identified as a member of the clergy due to his epigonation – a distinctive religious garment usually worn with a pectoral cross.

"The shooter shot the priest twice in the stomach and then ran away," said an investigative source.

"The victim was hospitalized with life-threatening stomach wounds and is in intensive care."

Witnesses to the attack on the archpriest, who had been in France since 2012, said they heard the sound of two gunshots and then the sound of a woman screaming.

It is believed that a woman was near the scene of the shooting and her screaming caused the attacker to flee.

Law enforcement officers are pictured at the scene of the shooting in Lyon today

A Greek Orthodox priest was shot dead and seriously wounded by an attacker in the French city of Lyon. (Image: Law enforcement officers present at the scene of the shooting today)

The Sagittarius has been described as "male and in his forties". He is said to have fired his gun twice.

When anti-terror troops secured the scene in Lyon's 7th arrondissement, it turned out that the attacker was armed with a sawed-off hunting rifle.

A manhunt was launched across town and there were fears that he might strike again.

The church in which the priest served is known to the large Greek community in Lyon.

It is believed that there were no guards outside the church, as is the case at other Christian places of worship in France.

The wounded priest is a Greek citizen, said a spokesman for the local ambulance service, who confirmed his condition was "life-threatening".

Following the attack, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said: “This is a very serious incident. Details are still being developed. A crisis unit was set up. & # 39;

Fanny Dubot, the mayor of Lyon's 7th arrondissement, said the security initiative in Lyon had stepped up since the Nice attack but was "unaware" that specific measures were being taken to secure the Greek Orthodox Church in her district would.

French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin confirmed that he had opened a crisis department in Paris and urged everyone in Lyon to "avoid the area and follow instructions".

Area residents were told to lock themselves in their homes and stay away from public places.

It came on the day President Macron said it was "our duty to protect our freedoms" when angry protests continued against the Prophet Muhammad's Charlie Hebdo cartoons, which he endorsed.

Mr. Macron told Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television: “I can understand that people might be shocked by the cartoons, but I will never accept that violence can be justified.

"I see it as our duty to protect our freedoms and our rights."

There have been numerous calls from al-Qaeda to attack French interests.

It follows an Islamist terrorist who murdered three people on Thursday in a Catholic basilica in Nice, southern France.

Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian, survived despite being shot 14 times by police and is currently in a secure hospital wing under armed guard.

French President Emmanuel Macron immediately declared France "under attack" after worrying incidents involving extremists against Christians.

Pictured: The Greek Orthodox Church in Lyon, where a priest was shot earlier today

Pictured: The Greek Orthodox Church in Lyon, where a priest was shot earlier today

The attacks on President Macron in the Islamic and Arab world for defending satirical cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad and the Muslims who worship him.

During a visit to the ambulance service in Nice on Thursday, Mr Macron said: "We will not give in. Once again our country has been hit by an Islamist terrorist attack.

“This morning it was again three of our compatriots who fell into this basilica in Nice. Clearly, France is under attack. "

The Nice attack was the same as the one that killed school teacher Samuel Paty in the Paris suburb of Conflans Sainte Honorine earlier this month.

Mr Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee after the teacher showed the children the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Mr. Macron had brought 4,000 additional soldiers onto the streets of France, partly to protect churches and other places of worship.

Anger against French President Emmanuel Macron continues to rage in the Muslim world as protests against the Prime Minister's stance on Charlie Hebdo cartoons took place in India, Pakistan and Iraq today.

Macron has become the focus of Islamic anger after defending the Prophet Mohammed's Charlie Hebdo cartoons, used two weeks ago as a justification for the murder of a teacher in the Paris suburbs.

Protests are taking place all over the Muslim world. Today demonstrations are taking place in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and India.

During a protest against the Prophet Mohammad's comic book publications in France and today's comments by French President Emmanuel Macron in Karachi, Pakistan, people chant slogans as they set the French flag on fire

During a protest against the Prophet Mohammad's comic book publications in France and today's comments by French President Emmanuel Macron in Karachi, Pakistan, people chant slogans as they set the French flag on fire

Protesters burn the portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters burn the portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron today during an anti-French protest in Karachi

People burn a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against his comments on caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Peshawar, Pakistan

People burn a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against his comments on caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Peshawar, Pakistan

Protesters chant slogans as they march with a large banner calling for a boycott of French products and portraying French President Emmanuel Macron with the nose and ears of a pig during a rally against Macron's comments on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad im third country of Yemen protests. City of Taez today

Protesters chant slogans as they march with a large banner calling for a boycott of French products and portraying French President Emmanuel Macron with the nose and ears of a pig during a rally against Macron's comments on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad im third country of Yemen protested. City of Taez today

Turkish President Erdogan said Wednesday that western countries making fun of Islam wanted to "restart the Crusades," exacerbating confrontation with France over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that have roused anger in Muslim-majority countries.

Speaking to his AK party's lawmakers in parliament, President Tayyip Erdogan also said it was "an honor for us" to stand up against attacks on the Prophet, suggesting that Ankara could campaign for a longer stalemate .

The dispute with France flared up after a French teacher showing students cartoons of the Prophet published in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was beheaded in France earlier this month.

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who is defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who is defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today

Muslim protesters hold a placard with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron Macron with a footprint over his face today during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Calcutta

Muslim protesters hold a placard with a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron Macron with a footprint over his face today during an anti-France protest near the French consulate in Calcutta

The caricatures are viewed as blasphemous by Muslims.

Demonstrators condemned France in street protests in several Muslim-majority countries, in a sign of anger spread over France's defense of the right to publish the cartoons.

"France below, it has offended our prophet," yelled protesters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Erdogan sharply criticized Macron over the weekend, saying the French leader needed a mental health review, prompting France to recall its ambassador from Ankara. On Monday Erdogan called for a boycott of French products.

The Turkish leader again questioned Macron's state of mind on Wednesday, calling the colonial powers "murderers" for their records in Africa and the Middle East in remarks directed to the West.

A protester carries an image of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi on October 31, 2020

A protester carries an image of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi on October 31, 2020

A protester jumps on a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

A protester jumps on a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters throw a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters throw a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Karachi today

Protesters hold a placard and banner with French President Emmanuel Macron today in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia during a protest against Macron's comments which are considered an insult to Muslims

Protesters today in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, hold a placard and banner featuring French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron's comments considered an insult to Muslims

& # 39; They literally want to restart the Crusades. Since the Crusades, the seeds of evil and hatred have fallen on these (Muslim) countries, and then the peace has been disrupted. & # 39;

Turkish officials separately said Ankara would take legal and diplomatic steps to respond to a cartoon by Erdogan in Charlie Hebdo, which officials described as a "disgusting effort" to "spread their cultural racism and hatred".

The cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo showed Erdogan in a white t-shirt and underpants, holding a can of drink in one hand, and lifting the skirt of a woman wearing an Islamic hijab to reveal her bare bum.

Iraqis protest against comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who is defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Halabja, Iraq today

Protesters stand on distorted posters of French President Emmanuel Macron on a street during a protest against the publication of a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad in France and against Macron's comments in front of a French consulate in Calcutta today

Protesters stand on distorted posters of French President Emmanuel Macron on a street during a protest against the publication of a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad in France and against Macron's comments in front of a French consulate in Calcutta today

Protesters chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting French President Emmanuel Macron's comments in Taez today

Protesters chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally protesting French President Emmanuel Macron's comments in Taez today

"Our fight against these rude, malicious and insulting steps will continue until the end with reason but determination," said the Turkish communications directorate.

State media reported that Turkish prosecutors were investigating Charlie Hebdo executives.

The series has its roots in a knife attack in front of a French school on October 16 in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty, a teacher who showed students cartoons of the Prophet in a civic class.

The French government, backed by many citizens, saw the beheading as an attack on freedom of expression and said it would defend the right to display the cartoons.

Protesters chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally to protest French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Yemen's third city, Taez

Protesters chant slogans as they march with banners during a rally to protest French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Yemen's third city, Taez

A placard and banner featuring French President Emmanuel Macron is seen today in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, during a protest against Macron's comments, which are considered an insult to Muslims

A placard and banner featuring French President Emmanuel Macron is seen today in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, during a protest against Macron's comments, which are considered an insult to Muslims

Protesters hold placards during a protest against comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron, viewed as an insult to Muslims today in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Protesters hold placards during a protest against comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron, viewed as an insult to Muslims today in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Posters reading "The yellow devil is in Paris" hang in a window as a sign of protest against the publication of a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad in France and the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Posters reading “The yellow devil is in Paris” hang in a window to protest against the publication of a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad in France and the comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Macron has said he would redouble his efforts to prevent conservative Islamic beliefs from undermining French values.

The French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday issued safety warnings to French citizens in Indonesia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Mauritania, advising them to exercise caution. You should stay away from protests against the cartoons and avoid public gatherings.

In Cairo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said that freedom of expression should stop if it offends more than 1.5 billion people.

The grand imam of the Egyptian al-Azhar University, one of the world's most important places for Sunni-Muslim learning, called on the international community to criminalize "anti-Muslim" actions.

Muslim activists from various organizations are protesting today near the French consulate in Kolkata, India, against French President Emmanuel Macron

Muslim activists from various organizations are protesting against French President Emmanuel Macron near the French consulate in Kolkata, India today

Muslim activists from various organizations take part in a protest against France today near the French consulate in Kolkata, India

Muslim activists from various organizations take part in a protest against France today near the French consulate in Kolkata, India

Muslim protesters shout slogans today during a protest against France near the French consulate in Calcutta

Muslim protesters shout slogans today during a protest against France near the French consulate in Calcutta

Indonesian President Joko Widodo today condemned the so-called "terrorist attacks" in France, but also warned that President Macron's statements "insulted" Islam and "violated the unity of Muslims everywhere".

Conservative Islamic organizations in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, have called for protests and boycotts against France, sharing Macron's image as a red-eyed devilish snail.

"Freedom of expression, which violates noble purity and sacred values ​​and the symbol of religion, is so wrong that it should not be justified and it must stop," the Indonesian leader, known by his popular name Jokowi, said on television Address.

However, he added that linking religion to acts of terrorism was a massive mistake. Terrorists are terrorists. & # 39;

Students from the Jamaat-e-Islami Party shouted slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students from the Jamaat-e-Islami Party shouted slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students from the Jamaat-e-Islami Party shouted slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Students from the Jamaat-e-Islami Party shouted slogans during an anti-France protest in Lahore today

Somalis marched through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday during a protest against the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in France and the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron

Somalis marched through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia yesterday during a protest against the publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in France and the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron

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