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Teenager accidentally shot dead by brother

A teenage boy has died after his brother accidentally shot him in the head with a handgun in the town of Metz, north east France.

The police were called out to a fourth-floor family apartment in the town just after midnight last night, newspaper Le Parisien reports.

A 17-year-old boy was found shot in the living room, but his brother was missing.

It is thought the boys stayed up late after the rest of their family had gone to bed, and were playing with a 9mm handgun.

One of the boys accidentally fired the gun at his brother, then fled the scene.

Police found him at the bottom of the building, disorientated and asking after his brother. He and a third brother were taken into custody for questioning.

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French tax agent ‘kidnapped and killed while conducting an audit’

A French tax inspector was kidnapped and killed, reportedly while carrying out a tax audit in a village in northern France on Monday evening.

French tax agent 'kidnapped and killed while conducting an audit'

The 43-year-old tax agent died on Monday night in northern France, with local media Actu Pas-de-Calais reporting that he was killed by the man whom he was auditing, who later died by suicide.

Emergency services were called to the small village of Bullecourt in the Pas-de-Calais département of northern France at around 8pm. Upon arriving they found two men dead and a woman, reported to be another employee of the tax office, tied up.

She was not believed to be seriously injured but was treated for shock. 

The public prosecutor released a statement saying that both tax agents “were carrying out an at-home audit to check the accounts” of the local man reported to be a brocanteur (antique dealer), who then “kidnapped them and tied them up.” 

“The accused then killed himself with a firearm,” according to the prosecutor’s office. 

The mayor of Bullecourt, a small village of 250 inhabitants, told AFP that he remembered the accused antique dealer as a “helpful” and “ordinary person” who had “integrated into the village.”

Gabriel Attal, the Public Accounts Minister, issued a statement on Monday evening expressing his condolences and saying that the tax agent “was simply doing his job” and that “today, he did not return.” The minister lamented that the agent was “killed while completing a tax audit.”

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