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Police warned of Gare gang war

23.12.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg police launched a large-scale operation last week after being warned of an escalating war between Nigerian gangs in the area of the capital's central train station.

(CS) Luxembourg police launched a large-scale operation last week after being warned of an escalating war between Nigerian gangs in the area of the capital's central train station.

On the evening of December 10 police received four calls about violent brawls in Rue de Strasbourg and Rue de Hollerich within one hour. When police arrived the suspects had already disappeared and people at the scene said they had not seen anything.

However, police discovered that over the course of the afternoon, several men had appeared at a bar, showing off at least one gun. According to information obtained by police, more armed men were expected to arrive the following evening to settle a dispute between two rivalling drug gangs of Nigerian origin.

Apparently, the conflict was brought to a boil because of a fight on December 8, which allegedly left a member of one gang severely injured. While police had a record of the 6am brawl, they knew nothing of an injured suspect.

Scared caller

On December 11 then, a man called emergency services at 4am, saying that he is being followed by several people who were trying to kill him. The man was speaking broken English, but police lost the connection and were unable to reach the man via the number he had called from.

Shortly after 5am they managed to re-establish contact and the man said that five men at a bar in Rue de Strasbourg had threatened to kill him, with one of them showing a firearm. However, he said that he had managed to flee, with the phone connection breaking off a second time.

That same evening police launched a large-scale razzia, with 60 officers were in a search of bars in Rue de Strasbourg and Rue de Hollerich. They controlled 47 people, arresting one man who was in the country illegally.

No illegal weapons were found, however. Police are still trying to discover the identity of the December 11 caller, with criminal police involved to investigate the threat.

Reporting by Steve Remesch