Shooting near French mosque not terrorism-related, police say

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  • Shooting causes alarm following mosque attack in Paris
  • Local Muslim politician says it was just a "settling of scores"

(CNN)A shooting by masked gunmen near a mosque in southern France late Sunday had nothing to do with terrorism, according to French police.

Eight people were slightly wounded in the attack outside the Arrahma Mosque in the district of Grange-d'Orel in the city of Avignon, French newspaper La Provence reported.
    "The mosque was not targeted; the actions took place in the same street as the religious establishment but without connection with the latter," the French news agency AFP reported the public prosecutor's office as saying.
      CNN reached out to police in Avignon but has yet to receive a response.
      An eyewitness told France Bleu radio that a man in his forties was targeted after leaving the mosque, on his way to have a cup of coffee at a nearby snack bar round 10:30 p.m. He said there were more than two attackers.
        In an attempt to reassure the community local politician Amine El Khatmi, a member of the French socialist party's national committee and a prominent voice advocating for a secular Islam in France, tweeted: "No attack in Avignon. A settling of scores near a place of worship, in a tough neighborhood. The facts, nothing but the facts."