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Death toll increases to six amid clashes in Caledonia

Updated on: 19 May,2024 07:43 AM IST  |  Paris
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Two other people were seriously injured in the clash, the official said, confirming French media reports.

Death toll increases to six amid clashes in Caledonia

Smoke rises during protests in New Caledonia on Wednesday. Pic/AP

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Amid the ongoing armed clashes in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia, the security forces reported another death on Saturday, increasing the death toll to six. The person was killed in an exchange of fire at one of the many impromptu barricades that blocked the roads on the island, said a security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to discuss the situation publicly.


Two other people were seriously injured in the clash, the official said, confirming French media reports. They also established that the firefight erupted at a blockade in the north of the main island, at Kaala-Gomen.


French news outlets said the person who was killed was a man and his son was among the injured. Two police officers were among those who died earlier this week in the unrest, prompting the Parisian government to impose a state of emergency on the archipelago and rush in reinforcements for security services battling armed clashes, looting, arson, and other mayhem. The unrest erupted on Monday following protests over voting reforms.


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