Nikolaos Kakavelakis (Greek Orthodox Priest) Biography: Wiki, Age, Shot In Lyon Full Details

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In a shooting in the French city of Lyon, a Greek Orthodox priest was wounded and the gunman escaped, a police source said.

Police officers and rescue workers block the access to the scene after a Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday Oct.31, 2020 [Laurent Cipriani/AP) (AP Photo)
As he was closing a church, the priest was shot twice at around 4 pm local time (15:00 GMT) and was treated on-site for life-threatening injuries, the source told Reuters on Saturday. Police cordoned off the area immediately.

The priest was named Nikolaos Kakavelakis by a Greek government official.


He is 59 years old.

Shot In Lyon Full Details

The priest was critically injured, said the police source. The occurrence occurred around 4 p.m. (noon ET), added the source.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex told reporters that there had been a “significant incident” but that “we do not yet have specific elements.” Castex also said that it would trigger a “crisis center.”

A soldier blocks access to the scene after a Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday Oct.31, 2020 [Laurent Cipriani/AP) (AP Photo)
The French Ministry of the Interior tweeted that a significant security incident was underway near the Jean-Macé quarter of Lyon and that there was a security cordon in place.

It was unclear the reason for the attack. Two days after the knife attack at a Catholic church in the French city of Nice that killed three people, and in the midst of tensions over the publication by a French newspaper of drawings insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

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Saturday’s shooting was not being investigated by the French anti-terrorist authorities, although the interior minister activated a special emergency team to monitor the case while the gunman was still at large.

Government commitments were repeated by Prime Minister Jean Castex to deploy military forces at religious sites and schools.

He said that French people are able to “count on the nation to allow them to practice their religion in full safety and freedom”.

France On High Alert

After the deadly attack in Nice, President Emmanuel Macron declared expanded surveillance by France’s on-the-street military force of the churches, which is to be reinforced by 7,000 out of 3,000 troops.

School protection would also be boosted, he said. During the current lockdown, schools will remain open.

As of Monday, a further 7,000 police force members, half of them reserve soldiers and gendarmes, will provide direct assistance to police chiefs for security missions.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said that a special crisis line would be formed to deal with the repercussions of the attack on Saturday.

In a statement, he said, “I reiterate the government and the Republic’s full determination to allow citizens to practice their religion in a free manner, in a safe environment, “

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