A gunman has launched an attack on a retirement home for Catholic monks in France

A gunman has launched an attack on a retirement home for Catholic monks in France

A gunman has launched an attack on a retirement home for Catholic monks near the French city of Montpellier, local media report.

Armed police were deployed to the Maison de Retraite des Missions Africaines (African Missions Retirement Home) in Montferrier-sur-Lez on Thursday night.

“An individual, who was masked and armed with a knife and a sawn-off shotgun came into the retirement home where 70 monks live,” a source told the AFP news agency, adding that the man’s motivations were unknown.

The custodian of the home was reportedly bound and gagged but there was no immediate information on casualties.

The attack came months after Isis supporters murdered a Catholic priest in an assault on a church in Normandy.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday’s incident.

France remains under a state of emergency imposed following the murder of 130 people in the Paris attacks last November.

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