Toulouse(France), Mar 30 (AFP) An Azerbaijani journalist forced into exile in France was seriously wounded and his wife was killed today in a gun attack near the southern city of Toulouse, police said.

Rahim Namazov, a father of three, fled his oil-rich homeland in Central Asia for France in 2010 after suffering death threats and being imprisoned.

The 39-year-old is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering serious back injuries while his wife died after being hit in the head during the shooting in front of their home this morning in the town of Colomiers near Toulouse.

One of their children, a 15-year-old boy, was in their apartment at the time and heard the gunfire, local authorities told AFP, adding that he was being looked after by a local trauma group.

Police said that seven bullets were fired in total.

Azerbaijan has been ruled by the repressive family of a strongman president Ilham Aliyev since 1993. (AFP) SMJ SMJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.