Military swoop on French city after armed ‘Chechen gangs’ lay siege for 3 nights

Police and military reinforcements have been called into a French city after three days of violence believed to be caused by rival gangs from the Russian region of Chechnya.

Balaclava-clad gangs have been filmed firing assault rifles in the air in Dijon in scenes that look more akin to a war-torn country than a city that lies just 200 miles away from the bustling tourist hub of Paris.

One man wearing a motorbike helmet is even seen waving an axe at the camera.

In another video, smoke can be seen rising from behind a block of houses and gunshots can be heard.

And an equally terrifying clip shows a car flying across the road after losing control.

Police sources believe gangs from the war-torn Russian Federation region of Chechnya are responsible for the violence.

“Unrest has been going on for the past three nights,” a Dijon police source said on Monday.

“Chechen gangs linked to the drug trade and other criminal activity have mobilised to take part in battles with other gangs.

“Weapons including Kalashnikovs, axes and baseball bats are being carried openly on the streets, and live ammunition is being fired. People are terrified.”

A masked man believed to be a part of a Chechen gang

It is thought the trouble started after an assault of a 16-year-old Chechen last Wednesday, which is being investigated as “attempted murder”.

“The Chechens reacted violently, going into housing estates in vast numbers to see try and find who was responsible,” the police source continued.

“The situation in Dijon is now so tense that military and police reinforcements are being drafted into the city.”

A burnt car caused by the violence in Dijon

After the third-straight night of violence, Dijon prosecutor Eric Mathais said six people have been wounded with no arrests.

Dijon police have become overwhelmed by the violence, which has also seen those involved setting fire to cars.

A government spokesman said that Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had ordered reinforcements into the city to deal with the growing violence.

One attack reportedly saw a gang of 50 Chechens enter an estate on Saturday, leaving a pizzeria owner badly wounded by gunfire.


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