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France: Cars set alight in Nantes as riots over police killing of man continue02:30

France: Cars set alight in Nantes as riots over police killing of man continue

France, Nantes
July 7, 2018 at 01:07 GMT -00:00 · Published

Protesters continued setting fires and garbage bins on fire in Nantes on Friday night, amid riots over the police killing of a 22-year-old man earlier this week.

Images from the the district of Breil show a car and garbage bins in flames, and a destroyed vehicle. Police and firefighters we also seen extinguishing the fires.

Riots have been ongoing in Nantes after a 22-year-old man, identified as Aboubakar Fofana, was shot dead by police during a traffic check.

According to local police, officers opened fire on Fofana after he reversed his car into a police officer. A bullet hit the driver in his carotid artery and subsequently led to his death. However a widely reported witness statement contradicts the police account, saying that the car was stationary at the time of the incident.

A police officer has been taken into custody for questioning in relation to the death of Fofana. Nantes Mayor Johanna Rolland has reportedly asked for a transparent investigation into the case.

France: Cars set alight in Nantes as riots over police killing of man continue02:30
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Protesters continued setting fires and garbage bins on fire in Nantes on Friday night, amid riots over the police killing of a 22-year-old man earlier this week.

Images from the the district of Breil show a car and garbage bins in flames, and a destroyed vehicle. Police and firefighters we also seen extinguishing the fires.

Riots have been ongoing in Nantes after a 22-year-old man, identified as Aboubakar Fofana, was shot dead by police during a traffic check.

According to local police, officers opened fire on Fofana after he reversed his car into a police officer. A bullet hit the driver in his carotid artery and subsequently led to his death. However a widely reported witness statement contradicts the police account, saying that the car was stationary at the time of the incident.

A police officer has been taken into custody for questioning in relation to the death of Fofana. Nantes Mayor Johanna Rolland has reportedly asked for a transparent investigation into the case.

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