Over the weekend, French police were attacked with mortar fire while chasing a vehicle loaded with drugs in the department of Essonne.
The ordeal began when police attempted to stop the vehicle after the driver had committed several traffic violations. Refusing to obey police orders, the man fled before abandoning the vehicle after he caused an accident with another car, Le Parisien reports.
When police officers pursued him, they were then targeted by at least a dozen people who threw rocks at them. It was then that the police officers began receiving what French media has described as ‘mortar fire’.
After reinforcements arrived, one police officer was forced to use an LBD along with his service weapon to defend himself and his colleagues from the gang of attackers. One of the police officers is said to have been hit by a mortar. He suffered hearing loss and has several burns to his arms as a result.
The injured police officer was transferred to the hospital while 40 additional police officers were called to the scene to restore order.
After authorities searched the initial suspect’s vehicle, six packages of hashish were discovered.
A source close to the investigation said, “They used a lot of mortars.”
“It’s a real weapon [the mortar, ed]. It is a tube in which they put fireworks, big caliber, and the individuals light these fireworks in the direction of our colleagues. It is devastating,” Olivier Michelet, departmental secretary in Essonne from the SGP Police Unit, told BFMTV.
This isn’t the first time this kind of weapon has been used against police in France. In fact, the same weapon was reportedly used in the same city during an attack against police in July.
On July 14th, a police station in the commune of Les Ulis was attacked on successive nights by close to 50 people who launched cobblestones, hurled rocks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and other objects at it.
Attacks against police, firefighters, and other emergency services have become commonplace in France.
Just last week, firefighters in Limoges – while responding to an emergency fire – were attacked by a group of people who hurled stones at them. One of their vehicles was badly damaged during the attack.
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