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8 injured in France mosque shooting

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Eight people were wounded in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southern French city of Avignon today. 

Police consider the attack to be a settling of scores rather than a militant attack, a source close to the investigation said.

A local resident, who witnessed the scene but did not want to disclose his name, said that a car pulled up with four people in it, and the two seated in the back stepped out of the car and started shooting a targeted group. 

La Provence Regional Newspaper, which first reported the incident, cited a judicial source as saying police are "not at all treating it as terrorist related" and suspected instead a dispute between youths. 

The newspaper also cited witnesses as saying that one of two gunmen with their faced covered had fired shots around at 10:30 p.m. as people were coming out of the mosque before the two fled the scene. 

The incident comes after a man was arrested on Thursday after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque, in the Paris suburb of Creteil in an incident in which no one was injured. 

France is on high security alert following a series of militant attacks in recent years. 

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