By John Smith • 25 November 2016 • 10:28
AN unidentified hooded man broke into a retirement home for former missionaries who had worked in Africa armed with a sawn-off shotgun and a knife on the evening of November 24 and proceeded to tie up and then kill a local care worker who was on site in the home in Montferrier-sur-Lez near the city of Montpellier in Southern France.
The man then fled the building and French police were soon on the scene backed up by a helicopter to search for the assailant whose motives were unknown, although there is some speculation that his actions may have been terrorist inspired.
With sixty plus very elderly residents in the care home, the individual could have committed a far worse atrocity than the killing of this single person and it is not known why he left after just one murder.
France continues to be under a state of emergency and the authorities are doing all that they can to try to identify the killer and his motives.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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