The suspects, carrying a handgun and a shotgun, arrived in a Renault Clio before opening fire on the crowd, La Provence newspaper reports. Police said they were not treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Four people were wounded outside the mosque and a family of four also suffered injuries from shrapnel while in their apartment, located some 50 metres away, La Provence said, citing a source.
Two of the eight wounded were hospitalised, according to the source, who also said that worshippers leaving the mosque had not been the intended target. The Avignon attack is not being treated as a terrorist incident, the prosecutor’s office said. Laure Chabaud, a district magistrate, said that the incident was likely to be the result of a dispute between youths.
On Thursday, a man was arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil. No-one was injured in the incident. France remains on alert amid heightened security following a deadly attack on Paris police in April and a series of terrorist incidents in recent years.