A priest targeted in a suspected terror attack in France was allegedly shot by the gunman after having an affair with his partner.
Father Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was shot in front of his church in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon on October 31 in the midst of a nationwide terror threat, reports Le Parisien.
It was believed the Orthodox priest had been targeted by a terrorist, and he was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A 40-year-old Georgian man identified as Georgia P. was arrested on Friday, November 6, by judicial police and reportedly told police Nickolaos had slept with his wife.
In a press release published the day after his arrest, the public prosecutor of Lyon, Nikolaos Jacquet, confirmed reports of an alleged affair.
Referring to the suspect in custody, Mr Jacquet said Nikolaos came out of a coma on Tuesday, November 3, and allegedly mentioned to police the act was committed by “a jealous husband”.
He said the companion of the alleged shooter claims she did not have an affair with him, but the suspect Nikolaos was referring to is the man in custody.
Mr Jacquet said: “The opening of a judicial investigation is envisaged as soon as the custody ends.
“The suspect turned out be the husband of a woman who maintained a liaison with the victim.”
Police had initially launched a manhunt for the shooter and had treated the investigation as a suspected terror attack, as France was on high alert at the time.
Just two days earlier and, nearly 300 miles away in Nice, a man shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Greatest) before beheading a woman and killing two others in a church.
Two weeks before that, a school teacher was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen, who had allegedly shown a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed from Charlie Hebdo to his class.
French ministers warned that other Islamist militant attacks could take place, which has led to President Emmanuel Macron ordering thousands of soldiers to protect sites such as places of worship and schools across the country.