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French police station fire-bombed while ‘barbecues’ continue

A fire started by lancing a Molotov cocktail has destroyed a police station in the south east of France.

Published: February 5, 2018, 8:46 am

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    The Mayor of  Portes-les-Valence, Geneviève Girard, said it was an intentional act. “The individual broke the shutter, then a window before throwing the Molotov inside the building”, she said.

    After the offices caught fire, the police station was completely destroyed, according to the mayor. She said “It is an unspeakable act! It is unacceptable for all of our municipality and our municipal police because it is the right to security that is thus flouted!”

    In Cuges-les-Pins, France, at around 10:15 pm on Saturday, rescuers received a call to put out a fire on the parking lot of a closed amusement park, on the N8 road in the Bouches-du-Rhône, about thirty kilometers from Marseille.

    On site, the firefighters discover two burning bodies, one with a bullet in the head.

    The public prosecutor of Marseille Xavier Tarabeux said that the victims “have not yet been identified”. For the moment, it is not known if the murders are linked to a settling of scores although the method resembles the technique of “barbecue”.

    The “barbecue”, a method of burning bodies after an assassination, was first committed in 2011, by Sami Ati, 34, considered the leader of a network of traffickers and the sponsor of the assassinations, as well as Abdelatif and Mohamed Laribi, 26 and 27 years old, two brothers. They were found guilty and imprisoned.

    The “barbecue” method is used in settling accounts, to erase evidence and impress rivals.

    Since the beginning of January, four people have been shot dead in Marseille in ongoing violence between criminal gangs, mostly involving Arab and and African youths.

    The figure is up from last year. On Friday, February 2, a young man in his 30s driving his car that was shot twice in the head in the 11th arrondissement of Marseille.

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