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PARIS — French police have launched a manhunt for a man suspected of shooting dead a woman inside a mosque in the French capital’s northern suburbs on Sunday.

The suspected assailant, believed to be in his 30s, allegedly entered the mosque at about 6:30 p.m. local time and opened fire, injuring one woman, according to police spokesman Stephane Lecuivre.

A second woman was wounded in the attack.

The mosque was evacuated and is now being checked by security services.

The Islamic Society of North Africa in Paris says the shooting happened in the southern suburb of La Boulogne-sur-Mer, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the French city of Lyon.

The shooting occurred in the area of a mosque located in the vicinity of the Saint-Georges metro station.

The interior minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said the suspect has been identified as Mohamed Salah Abdeslam, 26, of France.

He told the French news agency AFP that the suspect is of Algerian origin and was born in Paris in 1980.

Abdeslaam has links to a militant group in the Sahara, French police said.

The Muslim Association of North America said Abdeslam, a father of two, is suspected of a plot to carry out a terrorist attack in France.

It said his family is “a source of fear to the Muslim community of France.”

French police arrested Abdesaam on Monday night in the northern city of Saint-Denis.

They say he fled the scene of the shooting, where he was shot twice in the torso and once in the leg.

He was later arrested in the suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denys and Villejuif in the southwestern city of Strasbourg.

He has not been charged, but a court later ordered that he undergo psychiatric tests, the AP news agency reported.

France has been on edge since last summer’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, when Islamic State gunmen attacked cafes, restaurants and bars across the country.

In recent days, police have arrested hundreds of suspected Islamic State members in France and abroad.

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