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Colmar: a young Afghan shot dead after protesting against an urban rodeo

“I open today (Monday) a judicial investigation, with referral to an investigating judge for the charge of assassination against X”, told AFP the prosecutor of Colmar, Catherine Sorita-Minard, specifying that “the perpetrator(s) are on the run”.

The facts occurred Saturday in the middle of the day in the district of Europe, in Colmar.

A group of Afghans shared a barbecue, before being bothered by the noise of a scooter whose driver was performing a rodeo.

There followed an altercation with the driver who ended up leaving the scene before returning, shooting one of the group members and fleeing, according to the account of a police source.

“One of the perpetrators, on a scooter, was going back and forth,” reports another police source, without mentioning a rodeo or scooter rally.

“The situation then degenerated quickly with the group of Afghans to which the victim belongs, and a group to which the driver of the scooter belonged”, says this source again. According to her, the shooter was not necessarily the driver of the scooter but was anyway a member of this last group.

The young Afghan, unknown to the police, was hit in the chest. Hospitalized in critical condition, he succumbed to his injuries.

The Mulhouse branch of the judicial police is in charge of the investigation.

A white march from the Republican Reconquest district (QRR) where the events took place gathered 165 people on Monday afternoon and ended in front of the police station, police said.

The demonstrators marched with Afghan flags and held up portraits of the victim, according to photos released by the Latest News from Alsace.

Monday, at the end of the day, the Minister of the Interior announced the dispatch of the CRS 8 to Colmar, a mobile unit specially created to intervene quickly throughout the territory.

“Significant means are being implemented to find the Colmar killer,” said Gérald Darmanin on Twitter.

“I have also decided to send the CRS 8 on the spot to carry out police operations in order to restore republican order and bring to justice the thugs who want to impose their law”, he said. continued on this same network.

The mayor of Colmar, Eric Straumann (LR), estimated on Facebook that “the death of this young man affects the entire Colmar population”, calling for “not to feed social networks with comments as excessive as they are useless” and to let “the police do their job calmly”.

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