Thursday 19 January 2017

Suspected smugglers injured in high-speed crash in France

Published 05/05/2016 | 17:51

Police suspected the four occupants were involved in smuggling migrants
Police suspected the four occupants were involved in smuggling migrants

Four people were injured trying to flee from Belgian police who had opened fire near the port of Dunkirk, a French official has said.

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Dunkirk public prosecutor Eric Fouard said police suspected the four occupants were involved in smuggling migrants, and began shooting after their car tried to push police off the road.

The chase ended when the fleeing car crashed into a minor pile-up further down the road.

The four occupants were taken to a hospital. Dunkirk deputy prefect Eric Etienne said two of them suffered gunshot wounds.

According to Belgian media quoting the Western Flanders Prosecutor's office, the chase started on Belgian soil after the suspects escaped an ID check.

Amid the chaos, Mr Fouard said a motorcyclist died when he slammed into a truck which had stopped.

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