Two dead in France gangland shoot-out

The latest killings brought to 28 the number of fatal shootings in the province of Bouches-du-Rhone, the majority in the city of Marseille, since the start of the year.

By: AFP | Marseille | Updated: October 22, 2016 9:44 pm

Two men have been killed in a shoot-out in the southern French city of Marseille, which is known for its high crime levels, judicial sources said. The men’s bodies were found by emergency services Friday night in a black vehicle with no number plates. The men were 22 and 20 years old. While one had been known to police for drug use, the other had no criminal record. A third, lightly wounded man aged 24 was also found in the car. He was taken into custody, the Marseille prosecutor’s office said.

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The men had been attacked by “two men on a scooter. One was armed with a Kalashnikov-style rifle, the other with a handgun,” prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said.

The latest killings brought to 28 the number of fatal shootings in the province of Bouches-du-Rhone, the majority in the city of Marseille, since the start of the year.

Most of them have been gangland killings.