Man hangs 'lifelessly' from car during rival gang clashes in disturbing images
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Man hangs 'lifelessly' from car during rival gang clashes in disturbing images

Disturbing pictures show the moment a young man appears to hang lifelessly from a car during a vicious rival gang battle in France.

The man, who has not been named, appears to hang limply out of a crashed car window before being prodded with a stick amid violent clashes between rival gangs in Dijon.

His condition is not known at this time.

It came after the military swept into Dijon after violence erupted between ethnic Chechens and local residents of Gresilles, a low-income district with a heavy North African immigrant population.

Tensions flared following an assault on a 16-year-old Chechen boy by drug dealers on June 10.

The rival gangs, carrying Kalashnikovs, axes and baseball bats, began conducting so-called ‘revenge attacks” following the incident, which is now being investigated by police as “attempted murder”.

They are reportedly using force to enter housing estates in a bid to find out who was responsible.

Chechnya – a part of the Russian Federation – has been embroiled in two bloody independence wars over the previous 26 years.

The footage shared on Twitter, shows a crowd of people gathered around the vehicle which appears to have crashed following chaotic and violent scenes in the city.

The unknown man, who is dressed in a black top, can be seen hanging out the drivers’ seat of the car while blood from his injuries pours onto the ground.

Some of the gang members at the scene pelt the car with unknown objects while others run around frantically, filming the apparently dead man.

At one point, another male prods the dead man with a stick.

The footage appears to be related to an earlier incident in which gang members could be seen gathering on the streets before a vehicle sped across the road, narrowly missing them, and crashed.

The city’s mayor, Francois Rebsamen said what is happening is “unprecedented and unacceptable,” as police reinforcements were bought into the city on Tuesday with the aim of quelling the violent clashes.

Local prefect Bernard Schmeltz said in a statement the violence “appeared to be part of a settling of scores between members of the Chechen community in France and residents” of Dijon.


Pat Reaves
Pat Reaves writes for our World News section. Having spent his youth traveling from one country to another, Pat has incurred an education that is truly international in culture, academia, and language. His quick thinking and spontaneity has landed him in the sector where stories happen without any warning. He is an extremely patient and nurturing writer who lets a story take its course without interference and prejudice.

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