Rival bands. Violence in Mayotte: The government deploys mobile gendarmes urgently

Friday's announcement by the government was to send a mobile emergency squadron to Mayotte to fight violence and "restore republican order" upon the request of the prefect.

Rival bands. Violence in Mayotte: The government deploys mobile gendarmes urgently

Friday's announcement by the government was to send a mobile emergency squadron to Mayotte to fight violence and "restore republican order" upon the request of the prefect.

Rival gangs have been fighting since Monday in Majicavo, Koungou in the northeast corner of the department. This is following the stabbing death of a young man one day earlier.

The police intervened in order to "liberate many of the axes frequently obstructed with burning barricades", and operations during which "four district gendarmes, as well as three mobile Gendarmes, were injured by throwing projectiles and punches", stated the Ministries of the Interior and Overseas jointly in a press release.

Mayotte is an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean. It is often shaken by violence between rival gangs and against the police who intervene to stop it.

Exasperated residents blocked their access to their neighborhood for several consecutive days in February and attempted to block traffic routes.

The Mamoudzou Public Prosecutor's Office recorded a 25% rise in criminal acts in Mayotte, and 21% in misdemeanors referrals in 2021.

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