France: armed assault in a monks’ hospice, the guardian died and killer on the run

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Fear in Montferrier-sur-Lez, Herault village, in France, where a masked man, armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a knife broke into the home for the monks of the local monastery.

Hostages

Sixty monks, nuns and lay attendants were hostages of the assailant before he gagged and then stabbed to death the keeper of the hospice “The greens Oaks”, who had opened the door, but the woman had had time to call the police and that’s why, maybe, the killer decided to eliminate her. The first to arrive were about fifteen of Psig Sabre-group squads, stationed in the region. Reached later by police and men of the Raid of Lunel and Montpellier. A mechanism wanted – after the attacks of 13 November – by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve: any place in France, even the most remote in the country, always must be reachable by a counterterrorism department within 20 minutes maximum.

The blitz

The body of the guardian, was found on the ground floor in a pool of blood, by men of SWAT. The three floors of the building have been “reclaimed” one after the other, the senior monks, in groups – first 15, then 30 – were rescued. But there is no track of the killer, that he acted alone. During the day, police sources were leaked possible targets of terrorist group arrested in the night between Saturday and Sunday between Strasbourg and Marseille: all in Paris, from the Champs-Elysées with its Christmas markets to Disneyland, from different churches to the headquarters of police, from an underground station to the twentieth arrondissement bistros. Just after the first anniversary of the massacres of November 13, France seems to be immediately plunged back in the atmosphere of fear that reigns in the country these last two years.

Hypothesis

At the moment the prefecture think it was just a “criminal action”, a common delinquency motive or madness. But the terrorist track “is never excluded.” The man, armed, is looking everywhere, in cellars, in adjacent buildings. 60 monks, nuns, five or six lay employees, who were working at that time in a nursing home, were rescued by special forces.

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