8 injured as gunmen open fire near mosque in France

Two hooded men opened fire at people leaving a mosque injuring eight in the southern city of Avignon late on Sunday, local media reports, an incident the Police reportedly claimed is terrorism-related.

Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) take part in a mock terrorist attack drill inside the European Counci

Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) take part in a mock terrorist attack drill inside the European Council

The men drove up on a Renault Clio to the Arrahma Mosque in Avignon Provence, at about 10.30 p.m on Sunday, La Provence newspaper reported.

One of the men was armed with a handgun and another with a rifle, according to the publication, citing preliminary information.

The gunmen opened fire at the crowd leaving the mosque injuring four people, two of them slightly.

A family of four, including a 7-year-old girl, who were in their apartment on the second floor of the building also received slight shrapnel injuries, the local paper says.

La Provence reports that police have dismissed any terrorism links.

The gunmen are currently at large. Police are investigating the incident.

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