VIDEO – One important device was deployed in the night from Thursday to Friday to find a man suspected of killing an employee of a retirement home for religious Montferrier-sur-Lez.
Shortly before 3 o’clock in the morning, a helicopter flew over always the area, illuminating the floor of a wide beam of light. An important feature of research was deployed in the night from Thursday to Friday in the south of France to find a man suspected of killing an employee of a retirement home for religious. The fact of the irruption, hooded and armed with a knife and a rifle sawn-off on Thursday evening with the “green Oaks”, an institution for the women and men religious belonging to the Society of african Missions (SMA), located in Montferrier-sur-Lez, near Montpellier.
IN a DIRECT Attack in a retirement home for monks in the Hérault department
“No element allows to characterize the motivations of the murderer.”
The profile of the man was not known in the immediate future. “The status of the investigation, there is no evidence to characterize the motivations” of the killer, told the press the public prosecutor of Montpellier, Christophe Barret. The terrorist hypothesis is at this stage not preferred, has also advanced a source close to the investigation, while France is struck for nearly two years by a wave of attacks by jihadist unprecedented. These attacks have left 238 people dead, including a priest killed in a full mass at the end of July in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen.
“Around 22 hours, a woman working in this retirement home has called the police, saying they have been attacked by a man,” adds the attorney. This employee would have been tied up and gagged, but she would have succeeded in freeing themselves to give the warning. The woman was found by the police “safe and sound, but very shocked,” added the magistrate. Another woman has been found dead by the police on their arrival, added the prosecutor, without saying how it had been killed. A source close to the investigation stated to the AFP that after having it tied up, the man killed with a knife the other employee. “Anyone can go in there,” said on RTL the husband of the victim, before adding: “She is dead, and I am destroyed.” “She had no problem with a person, pleasant with everyone and always eager to help”, he says.
The special unit of the gendarmerie deployed on site has searched the building until midnight and a half. A device of research has been put in place by the police to find the assailant on the run. A large safety perimeter was deployed around the facility, extending to several hundred metres, including up to a small artisanal zone on the edge of the road that leads to Montpellier. Elite units of the police and the gendarmerie were also on site. Towards 2 o’clock in the morning, a dozen vehicles of police and of the gendarmerie, and about a dozen fire department vehicles were stationed a few hundred metres from the hotel.
fifty-nine residents of the settlement – missionaries of Africa and of the religious, according to the mayor of Montferrier-sur-Lez Michel Fraysse – have been placed in safety. “The police have ensured the physical integrity and the presence of all of the residents,” said prosecutor Christophe Barret: “none of them has been injured or damaged, (…) all residents are unharmed.” “Our prayer rises this night for the one who has lost life in the attack on a retirement home for religious, reacted on Twitter to the secretary-general and spokesman of the bishops’ Conference of France, Mgr Olivier Ribadeau Dumas.