New Caledonia Police Detain Three People For Last Weekend's Shooting

France has sent 50 additional police officers to territory following rash of attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 1, 2017) – Police in New Caledonia have detained three people, including a minor, over last weekend's shooting of two police officers.

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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