21 Dec 2016

Probe into New Caledonia shooting continues

4:18 pm on 21 December 2016

Police in New Caledonia have extended the detention of the man who admitted to killing the territory's most wanted fugitive Ramon Noraro.

Media reports say the as yet unnamed 27-year-old man, who had been a fugitive for more than a year, turned himself in after a shoot-out in St Louis.

Investigators are trying to piece together what happened amid reports that Noraro was shot dead after arguments within the village over how to react to the death of another fugitive who had been killed by police in October.

Witnesses continue to be questioned as police still seek to apprehend about ten people associated with Noraro believed to be the leader of a group that used firearms in attacking police officers.

The St Louis area, south of Noumea, has been the scene of clashes and roadblocks that intermittently cut off access to the very south of the main island.

The public broadcaster said as a result of the unrest which began in October, so far 16 people have been detained and five have been jailed, including two minors.

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