New Caledonia: one dead and two injured in an exchange of fire in the north

New Caledonia: one dead and two injured in an exchange of fire in the north
New Caledonia: one dead and two injured in an exchange of fire in the north

A Caldoche man died and two other men were injured on Saturday in New Caledonia in an exchange of gunfire on a roadblock erected by Kanaks in the north of the big island, we learned from sources close to the matter.

General Nicolas Matthéos, commander of the gendarmerie in New Caledonia, confirmed to AFP “one dead and two injured in Kaala-Gomen”, a town in the North province.

This death brings to six the number of deaths since the start of the violence on Monday, the most serious to have occurred in New Caledonia since the 1980s, against a backdrop of independence protests against an electoral reform passed in Paris.

In addition to these six deaths – two gendarmes and four civilians, three Kanak (of indigenous Melanesian origin) and one Caldoche (of European origin) – hundreds of injured are to be deplored, according to the authorities.

The Kaala-Gomen events occurred on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. in Montreal), according to two sources close to the matter.

According to one of these sources, shots were exchanged when two Caldoches from the same family wanted to pass a roadblock: the father died, his son was injured, as well as a Kanak who was standing at this point. blocking.

These three people were evacuated to Koumac hospital (north) after the exchange of gunfire, according to one of the sources close to the matter.

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