France on high alert after school shooting

France on high alert after school shooting
At least two people have been injured after heavily armed men shot at people at a high school in southern France.
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16 March, 2017

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Schools in a town in south France are in lockdown after gunmen opened fire at a high school injuring at least two people.

Police say that they are hunting one of the gunmen after an armed student was captured by French anti-terror teams which were dispatched to the school.

The shooting has led to all schools in Grasse, the capital of France's perfume industry, to be closed down.

Locals have also been told to stay at home while the gunman is on the loose and France's anti-terror phone app also issued a nationwide alert.

Police told agencies that heavily armed students burst into the school and opened fire, injuring a head teacher.

All the students were safe, French police told media.

France is on high alert after a string of attacks by Islamic State group and al-Qaeda linked militants over the past two years.

A letter bomb attack also shook Paris on Thursday, after a device exploded at the IMF office in the capital injuring one person.

Agencies contributed to this story.