Anti-terrorist police are searching for a masked gunman after a female care worker was murdered and 70 monks were taken hostage at a retirement home in the south of France. The bloodbath unfolded at the Green Oaks care home in the village of Montferrier-sur-Lez, north of Montpellier, soon after 9.30pm last night.
Police have put up roadblocks around the area to try and detain the killer on the run.
This morning, a bar of military medals and a fake machine gun were found in an abandoned car close to the retirement home.
The fake machine gun is of the kind used the practice of ‘Airsoft’ – a game in which replica military weapons are used.
One warden is said to have ‘discreetly raised the alarm,’ before being bound and gagged by the man, who was armed with a sawn off shotgun and a knife, but was unharmed. All of the monks were too unharmed and later released.
The murdered victim, is said to be a 54-year-old female care worker, who was tied up, and then stabbed three times.