26 Jan 2018

Concern over New Caledonia firefight

6:54 am on 26 January 2018

The public prosecutor in New Caledonia has given details about a shooting incident after motorists near St Louis heard gunfire.

In a statement, he said armed police entered St Louis in a bid to recapture a fugitive Samuel Moekia who had been on the run since 2015.

It said when they approached his suspected hide-out, they were shot at with high calibre guns and Moekia fled.

It also said police returned fire in self-defence.

Nobody was hurt.