Paris gangland killing leaves two dead

22nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A gangland killing in a usually quiet neighborhood of Paris left two dead and three wounded, police said Tuesday adding that such violence was a rarity in the French capital.

The two men died from gunshot wounds overnight after being "sprayed by automatic gunfire" on a street in the 18th district in the north of Paris, said a police spokesman. Three others were wounded.

Police later found a charred car in a Paris suburb that they believe may have been the attackers' getaway vehicle.

The killings occurred on the night of the well-attended Fete de la Musique street festival in Paris but police said there was no link to the event.

Police sources noted that gangland-style hits rarely occur in Paris and an investigation has been opened to explain the violence in the 18th, a mostly residential district and home to a lively north African quarter.

© 2010 AFP

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