Manhunt for killer at French hospice
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