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Bastia attack: Gunman found dead in police raid

French security services outside an apartment in Bastia Image copyright Eurovision News
Image caption French security services have surrounded the building where the suspect reportedly lives

A lone gunman has "committed suicide" after killing one person and injuring five others in Bastia on the French island of Corsica.

France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said his body was found after a police raid.

The suspect fired onto the street at around 16:25 local time (15:45 GMT) in Bastia's Montesoro neighbourhood.

The motive for the attack is still unclear, although initial reports have ruled out terrorism.

Speaking to France's National Assembly, Mr Castaner said "the fanatic committed suicide".

The suspect was in his 60s and had two previous convictions for armed offences, local prosecutor Caroline Tharot told reporters.

In a tweet, Gilles Simeoni, president of the Corsica Assembly, said the individual who died was a public housing official.

Three women and a police officer are among the injured, according to France 3 television.

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