1 Mar 2017

Three detained in New Caledonia after shooting

12:59 pm on 1 March 2017

Police in New Caledonia have detained three people, including a minor, over last weekend's shooting of two police officers.

French police officers stand guard on a road in Mont-Dore, a suburb of Noumea, in New Caledonia, on May 28, 2014, while a tow lifts the wreckage of a burned car. Angry residents from the Saint Louis tribal group burned cars creating roadblocks on May 24, 2014

Photo: AFP

The police officers were injured after they tried to stop a group of young people from throwing rocks at cars near Saint-Laurent, north of Noumea.

Another four people have been detained in Bangou, also north of Noumea, suspected of shooting at police in October during a phase of unrest in St Louis.

The French interior minister Bruno Le Roux has condemned last weekend's attack.

This month, France sent more than 50 additional officers as reinforcements to New Caledonia.

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