Five migrants were hurt Saturday in an exchange of gunfire between groups of Afghan migrants in the French port of Calais, officials said, blaming an apparent settling of scores between traffickers.
The local prefect’s office told AFP shots were fired in the late afternoon near a Catholic aid centre outside the centre of the northern port city.
BREAKING: Reports of up to 5 people injured following shootings at Calais migrant camp in Calais, France just after a brawl broke out.
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One man was reportedly taken to hospital after being hit in the abdomen.
Police swiftly intervened and restored calm, the prefect’s office said.
“An exchange of fire with the protagonists of Afghan nationality — one imagines (it is) a settling of scores between traffickers, though that still has to be confirmed,” the prosecutor at nearby Boulogne said.
He added police were expected shortly to begin questioning victims and witnesses.
Calais police officer gets six months
Meanwhile, a French police officer who slapped a migrant in the face in Calais was sentenced to six months behind bars,m according to French website The Local.
It came after police have been criticised for mistreating refugees.
The officer’s defense claimed the incident was an involuntary gesture against an agitated migrant.
However the court in the Northern city of Boulogne-sur-Mer saw the incident that took place in a detention center near Calais in the summer of 2016 differently, handing him a six-month prison sentence, The Local said.
The 40-year-old officer, who was a member of France’s border police, slapped the migrant just before he was due to appear before a judge in a trial room at a detention center.
The officer slapped the migrant in the presence of a court clerk who then testified against him.
A report conducted by the French state and released at the end of October said that it was “plausible” that police and gendarmes have abused their powers and mistreated migrants and refugees in Calais.