Thirteen firemen detained in gang rape inquiry

Thirteen firefighters have been detained after a younger recruit alleges he was raped by colleagues in a packed bus. 

A 23-year-old recruit says he was raped by his colleagues during a hazing ritual that turned brutal, news portal France Soir reports. The victim, who belongs to the prestigious Paris firefighters’ brigade, says his colleagues attacked him in front of witnesses in a packed bus. 

The recent recruit says he was called to the back of the bus where he was forced to take part in an abusive hazing ritual. In a complaint to the police, he said his abusers slapped his buttocks, pressed him to the ground before raping him with a plastic bottle.  

The alleged assault took place in a bus that was carrying thirty firefighters back from a gymnastics competition in the town of Colmar. The assault has reportedly been filmed on a mobile phone.  

In an interview with the newswire AFP, the spokesperson representing Paris firefighters  Pascal Le Testu refused to comment on the incident and says two investigations are underway. 

The young recruit has lodged a complaint for gang rape and assault.

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