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Authorities placed the scene, in the city of Avignon in the country's South, in lockdown and launched a manhunt for the attackers, who fled.

Witnesses say the men, wearing hoods, arrived at Arrahma mosque in a Renault Clio around 10.30pm local time (6.30am AEST), leapt out and began firing at random.

Several people were injured, including a seven-year-old in a nearby apartment that was peppered with stray bullets and shrapnel.

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It would seem to be gang-related violence according to the latest police report.  This is probably not as common in France or UK as it is in USA. We do have some shootings and stabbings in London and other big cities, but probably nothing on the scale of, say, Chicago.   The mosque in this case just happens to be on the street where the violence took place.  It attracts our attention, though, with the terrorist threat level high in Europe.

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3 hours ago, bohemian said:

It would seem to be gang-related violence according to the latest police report.  This is probably not as common in France or UK as it is in USA. We do have some shootings and stabbings in London and other big cities, but probably nothing on the scale of, say, Chicago.   The mosque in this case just happens to be on the street where the violence took place.  It attracts our attention, though, with the terrorist threat level high in Europe.

So do you believe that it was a random gang gunfight and it was just coincidence that there was a mosque with a group of people outside it when these men decided to start shooting? Personally, I think it more likely that the police and governments will downplay incidents such as this to try and keep panic at a controllable level.

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The information we have received so far from the authorities would indicate that it is not terrorist related.  Until evidence comes to light showing that the Mosque and its visitors were targeted I prefer not to speculate, nor think that the authorities are not telling the truth about a terror-related incident.

There has been quite clear information given when terrorist activity is suspected.

 

 

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9 hours ago, bohemian said:

The information we have received so far from the authorities would indicate that it is not terrorist related.  Until evidence comes to light showing that the Mosque and its visitors were targeted I prefer not to speculate, nor think that the authorities are not telling the truth about a terror-related incident.

There has been quite clear information given when terrorist activity is suspected.

 

 

I agree with what you say. The trouble is that everything is starting to get very blurred around the edges and even the word terror has taken on a new meaning in these violent days. It would have been terrifying for the visitors to the Mosque and those in surrounding areas to have been caught up in it and the long term mental and emotional after effects on these ones will be the same.  Very sad.

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