Second shoot-out in French underworld killings

7th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, April 7, 2006 (AFP) - A French mobster was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Mediterranean port of Marseille, the fourth victim of what appeared to be a settling of scores in the criminal underworld, police said.

MARSEILLE, France, April 7, 2006 (AFP) - A French mobster was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Mediterranean port of Marseille, the fourth victim of what appeared to be a settling of scores in the criminal underworld, police said.

Michel Filippi, 38, who been jailed for several hold-ups, was shot three times Thursday by two assailants who pulled up alongside his motorbike as he was riding through the evening rush-hour traffic.

Witnesses told the police that the gun was fired by a woman.

Three men — including a suspected drugs kingpin — were killed in an shoot-out on Tuesday, when a dozen heavily-armed men opened fire in a Marseille cafe, and police suspect Filippi's murder may have been a revenge attack.

Police said one of the victims, Farid Berrhama, was a well-known figure in the Marseille crime scene, facing charges for international drug-running. The other men were believed to be his henchmen.

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