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A pensioner had his throat slit outside a church with police now hunting a knifeman, foreign media reports.
The 75-year-old was targeted in Montpellier city centre in France.
He suffered a “deep wound to the neck” and emergency services were called to the scene around 11.30am this morning, actu.fr reports.
A perimeter has been set up around Place Saint-Come and Saint-Roch church, with blood visible on the walls.
The motive for the attack is not yet clear.
Last year, a suspected terrorist killed three people in a church in the French city of Nice.
Two women and one man were knifed in horrific bloodshed inside the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Brahim Aoussaoui was shot in the shoulder by French police and taken to hospital after allegedly carrying out the attack.
It is thought Aoussaoui arrived in Europe from Tunisia in September, landing on the Italian island of Lampedusa.
It is believed he came to France at the beginning of October and had no identity papers on him.
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Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, said the suspect had said "Allahu Akbar" several times as he was handcuffed and led away by police.
Aouissaoui was not listed by Tunisian police as a suspected militant before he left the country, judiciary official Mohsen Dali said.
A French police source told Reuters that Aouissaoui wasn’t known to French intelligence services either.
The same month, a teacher was beheaded outside his school in Paris suburb after showing a picture of the Prophet Mohammad.
Paty, 47, was killed by 18-year-old Abdoulakh A, of Chechen origin, who was shot dead by police.
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