Orthodox priest shot dead in church in France

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French police say a Greek Orthodox priest was shot dead on Saturday as he closed his church in the city of Lyon, and authorities are looking for the assailant.The priest, a Greek citizen, is in a local hospital with fatal injuries after being shot in the abdomen, a police official told The Associated Press. The attacker was alone and fired a shotgun, said the official, who was not authorized to be named publicly.

Police have locked down the area around the church and warned the public on Twitter to stay away. As night fell in Lyon, police gangs and emergency vehicles could be seen on the images broadcast on French television.

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