Shooting with eight wounded outside a mosque in Avignon, France

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None of the wounded had life-threatening injuries. The suspects, masked,  carrying a handgun and a shotgun, arrived in a Renault Clio before opening fire on the crowd. Dozens of people near the mosque started to run when they saw the two suspects exit the vehicle and approach them with firearms. Police is not considering this a terrorist attack. “The fact that it happened in the street of the religious establishment was unconnected with it,” the prosecutor said. Police believes the attack may have been the result of a dispute between young people.

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Police at the shooting place

The shooting comes a few days after a man on Thursday attempted to drive his car into worshippers outside the Creteil mosque in southeast Paris. France remains on alert amid heightened security following a deadly attack on Paris police in April and the new French government prepares to extend a state of emergency.The Paris police commissioner reiterated his orders for vigilance in protecting Muslim places of worship. Police are still hunting the suspects.

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