In another attack in France, a 52 year old Greek orthodox priest named Nikolaos Kakavelakis was severely wounded in Lyon on Saturday around 4:00pm. The motive of the attack is unclear as the gunman fled the spot, with Police launching a manhunt to track down the accused. Police arrested a suspect who resembles the gunman, as investigations have begun into the incident. According to local media, the suspect was picked up from a local kebab shop around 7:00pm later in the evening.
The gunman shot at the priest twice in the stomach as he was closing the church doors. While the incident so far has not been termed as a terror attack, Police are looking at attempt to murder charges as well as motives that could be in line with the recent terror attacks in the country. A personal dispute too is not being ruled out. A few days ago, three people were killed in a knife attack in the southern city of Nice.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday broke his silence on Al Jazeera news channel over the controversy of caricatures of Prophet Mohammad saying, “A confusion that has been fed by many media and sometimes political and religious leaders which is to say that these caricatures are in a way the project or the creation of the French government or the president.”
“The caricatures are not a governmental project, but emerged from free and independent newspapers that are not affiliated with the government.” Added the French President.
The French President also said he could understand the Muslim community’s shock over caricatures of Prophet Mohammad and added later that the radical islamists who Macron and his government are trying to fight, are a threat to all people.
There have been protests in France over the killing of a teacher Samuel Paty On Thursday who had shown a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad to his class. Paty wanted to put across the point that the French will never give up their right to caricature.
French authorities are also trying to ascertain whether the knife-wielding Tunisian man had help from people outside the country. On the same day, a Saudi man stabbed and lightly wounded a security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.