November 25, 2016 / 10:31 AM / 3 years ago

No Islamist 'terrorism' link to attack on French missionaries' home: official

French gendarmes stand guard near a retirement home in Montferrier-sur-Lez, near Montpellier, southern France, November 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

MONTPELLIER, France (Reuters) - An attack on a retirement home for missionaries is not linked to Islamic “terrorism”, French public prosecutor Christophe Barret said on Friday.

“There is no link whatsoever with Islamic terrorism,” Barret, who is the public prosecutor for the southern French city of Montpellier, told reporters at a news conference

Barret added that police were still searching for the man suspected to have carried out Thursday night’s attack on the home, which left one woman dead.

He said that police had identified the suspect and were also carrying out searches on a suspicious car found near the scene of the crime, which contained a replica firearm.

Reporting by Jean-Paul Pelissier; writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by John Irish

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