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French police injured in Molotov cocktail attack

Four police officers were injured on a notorious working class housing estate near Paris on Saturday in a Molotov cocktail attack President Francois Hollande slammed as "unspeakable".

French police injured in Molotov cocktail attack
La rue du Labyrinthe in La Grande Borne. Photo: Nioux/Wikimedia Commons
“Everything will be done to find the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice so they receive a sentence in-keeping with the severity of their crime,” said the president.
 
Hollande said the attack in Grande Borne, a residential residential area built in the 1960s in Paris' southern suburbs, was “unspeakable and intolerable because it endangered the lives of officers whose job was to protect the population”.
 
Prime Minister Manuel Valls said two officers “were violently attacked with incendiary bombs while they were on a surveillance mission in the Grande Borne high security zone.”
 
“Their colleagues who came to back them up were also targeted,” he said, describing the attack as “extremely serious and very cowardly”.
 
Earlier a police source described the weapons used as Molotov cocktails.
 
The two badly injured officers “have major burns and were taken to a hospital in Paris,” they added.
 
The two police cars were set ablaze prompting backup to be sent to the scene but no arrests were made, the police source said. The traffic light where the attack occurred has frequently been the scene of violent robberies.
   
Valls said the culprits would be “relentlessly pursued and brought to justice. At a time when the security forces are bravely responding to the (terrorist) threats facing our country, such intolerable acts call for
exemplary sanctions”.
   
The local mayor, Jean-Marie Vilain, told AFP that as a result of Saturday's incident the response to chronic criminality in the area would be stepped up.
 
“The next step will be to go inside Grande Borne to put an end to all the drug dealing, because that is really what the cameras interfere with,” he said.

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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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