Åtte personer er skadet etter at to menn begynte å skyte mot en menneskemengde i ferd med å forlate en moskè i Avignon syd i Frankrike sent søndag kveld.

Worshippers leaving the Arrahma mosque in Avignon were approached by two hooded suspects at about 22:30 local time (21:30 GMT) on Sunday.

The suspects, carrying a handgun and a shotgun, arrived in a Renault Clio before opening fire on the crowd, La Provence newspaper reports.

Politiet insisterer på at det ikke er et terrorangrep.

Four people were wounded outside the mosque and a family of four – including a seven-year-old girl – also suffered injuries from shrapnel while in their apartment, located some 50 metres away, La Provence said, citing a source.

Two of the eight wounded were hospitalised, according to the source, who also said that worshippers leaving the mosque had not been the intended target.

The Avignon attack is not being treated as a terrorist incident, the prosecutor’s office said. Laure Chabaud, a district magistrate, said that the incident was likely to be the result of a dispute between youths.

On Thursday, a man was arrested after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil. No-one was injured in the incident.

Frankrike er på tå hev etter en rekke terrorangrep de siste årene, det siste med dødelig utgang i april da en politimann ble drept.

BBC: Avignon shooting: Eight injured near French mosque