HUFFINGTON POST
11/24/2016 06:16 pm ET Updated Nov 24, 2016

French Police Search For Armed Man After Woman Killed In Monks' Retirement Home

One source said the dead woman had contacted police before she was killed.
Police are searching for an armed suspect after finding a dead woman in a retirement home in France. Pictured here, poli
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Police are searching for an armed suspect after finding a dead woman in a retirement home in France. Pictured here, police tape blocks off an area in France on Oct. 24, 2016.

PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Police are searching for an armed man after finding a dead woman in a retirement home where 60 monks are living in southwestern France, sources close to the matter said on Friday.

According to one source, a caretaker contacted the police after freeing herself up after being bound and gagged by the suspect and escaping from the home in Montferrier-sur-Lez about 10 kilometers in the countryside north of Montpellier.

On entering the building, police found the body of a woman who had been stabbed several times, the source said.

“One woman, a resident was assassinated. The security forces have evacuated the residents, about 60, who are safe and sound,” a local official told Reuters, adding that the search in the building was over.

The home houses retired missionaries that had worked in Africa as well as a few nuns.

“Nothing at this stage would indicate that this would be a terrorist act,” another source said. He added that the suspect had fled before security forces arrived.

France is on heightened alert and has been under a state of emergency since a wave of Islamist attacks last year.

Suspects arrested last weekend under anti-terrorism measures had been planning to launch attacks on Dec. 1 at important and landmark sites in and around Paris, a source said earlier on Thursday.

(Reporting by Chine Labbe and Emmanuel Jarry; writing by John Irish; editing by Ingrid Melander)

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