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Teenager arrested in French school shooting
Châteauneuf-Grasse Village © Christophe Jacquet

Teenager arrested in French school shooting

16/03/17Government

Police have arrested a 17-year-old male in the southern French town of Grasse after two people were hurt in a shooting at a school, prompting the government to issue a terror warning.

Anti-terrorist commandos from the elite Raid force were sent to the scene.

Junior minister for victims Juliette Méadel said all students were safe.

The headmaster, who was reportedly shot in the arm, was among eight people injured in the attack, the interior ministry confirmed. The others suffered minor injuries as a result of the panic.

Police have arrested the shooter, who was “unknown to security services”, saying he had recently viewed videos of US school shootings.

The town hall of Grasse had said the shooting appeared to be linked to a “dispute between students”. It said that two teenagers entered the school and tried to shoot a third student.

However, later reports said there was only one shooter, who appeared to target the headmaster in particular.

There is no indication the attack was terror-related, but pupils in all schools in Grasse have been confined indoors as a precaution.

French secondary schools have carried out regular practice drills in case of shooting or bomb attacks in response to a wave of terror attacks in France in the past two years.

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