Masked intruder armed with a knife and sawn-off shotgun ‘kills an elderly nun by slitting her throat’ as he holds 70 monks hostage at a French retirement home before fleeing anti-terror cops

  • Religious woman found dead as around 70 monks held hostage in France 
  • The retirement village in Montferrier-sur-Lez was stormed by a gunman
  • Anti-terror police arrived withing minutes after supervisor sent out alert
  • Manhunt launched after the killer escapes police capture and is on the run 

Anti-terrorist police were searching for a masked gunman overnight after at least one woman, believed to be a nun, was murdered at a home for retired missionary monks in the south of France.

The bloodbath unfolded at the Green Oaks care home in the village of Montferrier-sur-Lez, north of Montpellier, soon after 9.30pm.

Shots were heard as the unidentified intruder attacked member of staff and members of an elderly religious community belonging to the Society of African Missions.

Police have put up roadblocks around the area to try and detain the killer on the run.

Manhunt: A helicopter hovers above Montferrier-sur-Lez as the search for an armed man who murdered a nun at a missionary continues

Manhunt: A helicopter hovers above Montferrier-sur-Lez as the search for an armed man who murdered a nun at a missionary continues

Masked gunman stormed retirement home in Montepellier, France, and is now on the run

Masked gunman stormed retirement home in Montepellier, France, and is now on the run

Emergency services rushed to the scene after receiving an alert from a worker. Pictures from the scene tweeted by Henry A Pinto

Emergency services rushed to the scene after receiving an alert from a worker. Pictures from the scene tweeted by Henry A Pinto

Shots were heard and there were reports of manager of the home being tied up and gagged by the intruder

Shots were heard and there were reports of manager of the home being tied up and gagged by the intruder

One warden is said to have ‘discreetly raised the alarm,’ before being bound and gagged by the man, who was armed with a sawn off shotgun and a knife.