French Military Mobilised Against Chechen Gangs
Armed Arab and Chechen Gangs Fighting on the Streets of Dijon
Chechnyan refugees armed with axes, handguns and assault rifles are running riot in Dijon, France, as open warfare between rival drug gangs breaks out.
A French police source said Monday that “Unrest has been going on for the past three nights. Chechen gangs linked to the drug trade and other criminal activity have mobilised to take part in battles with other gangs.”
The source said that the trouble was originally triggered by an assault of a 16-year-old Chechen last Wednesday which is being investigated as ‘attempted murder’.
People are terrified
The source continued: “Weapons including Kalashnikovs, axes and baseball bats are being carried openly on the streets, and live ammunition is being fired. People are terrified. The situation in Dijon is now so tense that military and police reinforcements are being drafted in to the city.”
Images from the city show black smoke rising above the houses, cars on fire and burnt out vehicles on the street. Video shared on social media has also shown armed masked men brandishing weapons.
Unprecedented and unacceptable
Francois Rebsamen, the Mayor of Dijon, said: ‘What happened is unprecedented and unacceptable.’
He said Chechen gangs carried out three raids on three successive nights starting on Friday. So far, six people had been wounded and no arrests have been made.
Faced with disintigrating law and order in Dijon, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner ordered reinforcements into the city.
At this stage it is not clear what those reinforcements are. Although described as “military”, it is more likely that they are from the specialist police tactical unit Groupe d’intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale (GIGN). The GIGN specialises in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials, and targeting organized crime.
Following the two wars in Chechnya in the 1990s, around 30,000 Chechnyan refugees settled in France. While mainstream media has focused on the Chechnyans, reports are also coming out of Dijon of violence from Algerian immigrant gangs.
Civil unrest around the world has seen a dramatic upsurge after the Black Lives Matter protests and riots in the USA.