Marseille neighborhood sealed off after shots at police




 
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February 9th, 2015  
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Topic: Marseille neighborhood sealed off after shots at police


By Marc Leras MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - French police sealed off a housing estate in Marseille on Monday after hooded gunmen opened fire on a police car with Kalashnikov rifles in what a senior local official suggested was an incident related to drug crime. France has been on high alert following Islamist attacks in Paris last month that killed 17 people. The shooting in Marseille happened just as Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived for a scheduled visit to hail statistics showing a fall in crime in France's second largest city. Elite police deployed following the incident on the north side of the city and residents of La Castellane neighborhood, home to some 7,000, were ordered to stay indoors.




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