Armed man kills 1 at retirement home for monks in France


PUBLISHED Thu, November 24, 2016 - 6:09pm EST
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A woman has been killed after an armed man entered a retirement home for monks in Montferrier-sur-Lez near the city of Montpellier in southern France, local officials say. The suspect was able to escape from the scene. (more)





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The incident began on late Thursday evening when a masked man armed with a knife and a sawed-off gun entered a retirement home in Montferrier-sur-Lez in Hérault province. The exact circumstances of the incident are not yet clear.

A source told the AFP news agency that one person - reported to be a woman and possibly an employee - was killed in the incident. The woman had contacted police before she was killed with a knife, the Reuters news agency reported. It is unclear if she was the target of the attack.

A large number of police officers, including the elite law enforcement unit GIGN, responded to the retirement home, which is home to about 70 monks and nuns. A search of the complex was carried out and everyone else was confirmed to be safe by 12:30 a.m.

The suspect remained at large on early Friday morning and there was no word on a possible motive, but local authorities said there was no indication that the incident is linked to terrorism. Rumors by international media that residents were being held hostage were denied.

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