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A taking pictures left two lifeless and 4 injured, on the evening of Saturday February 18 to Sunday February 19, in a tribe within the commune of Yaté, within the south of the principle island of the New Caledonia archipelago, we realized Agence France-Presse (AFP), with the Nouméa public prosecutor's workplace.

The taking pictures broke out on the sidelines of an area pageant round 1 a.m. (3 p.m. in France), within the Touaourou tribe, within the grip of a clan battle since December 2022. “Two men aged 48 and 57 were fatally shot in the chest. Four other people were injured, some with knives.specified the public prosecutor at the head of the Nouméa public prosecutor's office, Yves Dupas, in a press release.

Molotov cocktails were also used. An investigation into intentional homicide and violence in meetings has been opened. Seven people were taken into custody on Sunday. The High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia, Louis Le Franc, has decreed a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. until February 22 in this town of 1,600 inhabitants.

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Schools and boarding colleges closed on Monday

The sale of alcoholic drinks and the transport of weapons are prohibited till March 3 and “a large gendarmerie force will remain deployed on site”introduced Louis Le Franc, “which condemns with the greatest firmness these particularly serious acts and wishes to see a solution to this clan conflict emerge quickly”. For its half, the city corridor of Yaté determined to shut colleges and boarding colleges on Monday.

The battle started in late 2022 and “led the prosecution to initiate proceedings for violence and damage in 2023 and most recently in January 2024. Several mediations were carried out in order to ease tensions, without tangible effect until now”in accordance with Mr. Dupas.

The president of the Caledonian authorities, the separatist Louis Mapou, himself a local of Yaté, thus “met the protagonists several times since 1er FEBRUARY “he wrote in a press release published on Sunday, consulted by AFP.

“The origin of this conflict cannot justify the number of injuries and the death of two fathers. I therefore call for appeasement and responsibility from clan chiefs, customary authorities and all those who can work towards a return to calm”concludes Louis Mapou.

The World with AFP