Just days after the attack in London that left five dead and over 50 injured, yet another attack has taken place in Europe. This time in Lille, France.
The Mirror is reporting that at least three have been wounded after shots were fired near the Porte d’Arras metro station at around 9:50pm local time.
At least three people were injured, including a 14-year-old.
Those injured received wounds all over their bodies, reports French news site La Voix Du Nord.
The attack, which is now believed to be gang-related sparked fears of a terror attack due to its location close to a metro station.
The identity of the those injured in the attack is unknown.
It comes as France remains in a high state of alert following a string of Islamist terror attacks during the past 12 months.
Coups de feu à LIlle : piste terroriste écartée par les policiers. pic.twitter.com/e38mynJc06
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The Daily Mail is reporting that the city has been placed on lockdown as police search for the assailant.
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A police source said: ‘The attack was in place Jacques Febvrier, next to the Porte d’Arras metro station. Officers remain at the scene.
‘Those hurt have been taken to the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital. None of the injuries are life threatening.’
They added: ‘A car pulled up outside the station and targeted the three youths hurt. It appears this was a settling of scores. None of the injuries are life threatening.’
Details are still emerging on the attack, with some claiming that it was a “settling of accounts” rather than a terrorist incident. However, given the heightened state of alert that the nation is under, given the rash of terrorist attacks since November 2015, it would not be out of the ordinary for this to be another jihadist attack.
*Update 7:15 PM ET: Based upon further information that has been released, it appears that this attack is a gang violence incident and not an Islamic terrorist attack.