Drug gunmen kill teen, wound 11-year-old in France

Drug gunmen kill teen, wound 11-year-old in France
# 20 November 2010 21:26 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Men armed with AK 47 assault rifles have killed a 16-year-old boy and wounded an 11-year-old in two separate drive-by shootings in Marseille, with police saying the incidents were likely drug-related, APA reports quoting “Reuters”.
France’s second largest city has been hit by a wave of narcotics crimes and the latest murder puts the number killed in drugs-related attacks to 18 this year.
The shootings took place late on Friday in the port city’s poor northern suburb of Le Clos de la Rose when gunmen in two cars opened fire with Kalashnikovs on the 16-year-old, who later died in hospital, authorities said.
The gunmen then opened fire on the 11-year-old boy at the entrance to an apartment building, in the company of his 14-year-old sister, who escaped unharmed. Doctors said the boy’s condition was serious but he was not in immediate danger.
"There is a definite deterioration in the situation," public prosecutor Jacques Dallest told a news conference. "It is the first time they have targeted such a young minor."
"Even if there is no clear motive, these well-organized and violent executions are based on drug trafficking," he said.
Authorities said the 16-year-old had a police record, but there was no evidence the 11-year-old had worked for drug gangs. Police found three Kalashnikov rifles inside the cars, burned and abandoned beside the road from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence.
Officials said the rifles, which arrive by ship from Eastern Europe, were being sold cheaply and were widely available in Marseille.