A man suffering from a heart defect has died during a police check in a council estate of Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris. Tensions are high in the Paris suburb where four youths were arrested after setting bins on fire.

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Man dies of heart attack during police check

A man suffering from a heart defect has died during a police check in a council estate of Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris. Tensions are high in the Paris suburb where four youths were arrested after setting bins on fire.

The 25-year-old man died of a heart attack on Tuesday during a police check on a group of youths in a housing estate in the Paris suburbs, Le Parisien reports. The police was taking the man in for question when he collapsed and fainted.   

Rescue workers did not manage resuscitate the man, whose family wants to keep him anonymous.

Local authorities say the police were searching the youths for drugs and did not use violence. They say the young man suffered from health problems and had gone into hospital for a cardiac test on Tuesday.

The autopsy shows that the man did not suffer from any blows and had died from a ruptured aorta. French prosecutors have however opened an investigation into his death.

Tensions have been high in Aulnay-sous-Bois since the death of the young man. Four youths were arrested overnight on Wednesday for throwing firecrackers and burning bins.

Riot police were deployed to prevent violence from spreading.

In 2005, the death of two teenagers of African origin sparked riots in Aulnay-sous-Bois.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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