Policewoman shot by gunman near Paris dies

Policewoman shot by gunman near Paris dies

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Policewoman shot by gunman near Paris dies

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (2nd L) arrives at the site of a shooting on the morning of Jan. 8. AFP Photo

A policewoman who was shot by a gunman wearing a bullet-proof vest just outside Paris has died and a second victim is in serious condition, police said Jan. 8.

The man escaped after the attack on Jan. 8 morning, which comes just a day after a deadly Islamist assault on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left 12 dead, although no link has yet been established between the two incidents.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve rushed to the scene at Malakoff just south of city, denying information given earlier by a source close to the case, who said the suspect had been detained.

Cazeneuve had also said just the policewoman was fighting for her life.

The incident comes on a day of mourning in France after Islamist gunmen stormed the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7, killing eight journalists, two police and two others.

The men are still thought to be on the run, and there has so far been no claim of responsibility for the massacre that has deeply shocked France.

Several attacks against France Muslim targets

Meanwhile, Muslims places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said on Jan. 8.

Three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris, and shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers in the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France.

An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Jan. 8 morning also left no casualties.