Man­hunt for killer at French hospice

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

MONT­FER­RIER-SUR-LEZ, France:

French po­lice were hunt­ing yes­ter­day for a killer who burst into a re­tire­ment home for Chris­tian mis­sion­ar­ies in south­ern France and stabbed a 54-year-old worker to death, se­cu­rity sources said. The man, bran­dish­ing a sawn-off shot­gun and a knife, tied up and stabbed the woman in the vil­lage of Mont­fer­rier-sur-Lez near the city of Mont­pel­lier on Thurs­day night. Lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor Christophe Bar­ret told AFP that “there is no par­tic­u­lar ev­i­dence about the mo­tive” for the killing at the home, where more than 70 mostly for­mer mis­sion­ar­ies live.

The at­tack comes with French se­cu­rity forces on their high­est pos­si­ble alert fol­low­ing a string of at­tacks by Is­lamist ex­trem­ists, in­clud­ing on Chris­tian tar­gets. A source close to the case, who asked not to be named, told AFP yes­ter­day that investigators were not treat­ing it as a ter­ror case so far but the man was still on the loose. A nurse raised the alarm about the at­tack and when po­lice ar­rived they found one of her col­leagues stabbed to death. Armed po­lice then searched the build­ing but the killer had fled and was not found de­spite a huge po­lice search op­er­a­tion overnight, backed by a he­li­copter. — AFP

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