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The Financial Express

Elite French police make arrests after Dijon gang violence

Published: June 18, 2020 14:47:35 | Updated: June 21, 2020 10:58:26


Fire spots and debris are seen after the fourth night of gang violence in Dijon, France June 15, 2020, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Jim Cannolo/via REUTERS Fire spots and debris are seen after the fourth night of gang violence in Dijon, France June 15, 2020, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Jim Cannolo/via REUTERS

France’s elite ‘RAID’ police unit has arrested several members of the Chechen community after four nights of gang violence in the city of Dijon, a police source said.

Trouble first broke out late on Friday when about 100 Chechen youths from across France came to the Dijon suburb of Gresilles to avenge an attack on a Chechen teenager, police officials said.

Armed police moved in to restore order as the violence spread between rival gangs, Reuters reported citing authorities.

Clashes have broken out in recent months in a number of high-rise, low-income housing estates across France, where the strict lockdown rules imposed to tackle the coronavirus have exacerbated social tensions.

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