New Caledonia unrest continues as police shoot dead man – live updates

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Police officer detained after shooting of 48-year-old man as death toll reaches seven following days of upheaval linked to proposed voting changes

A police officer has been taken into custody after shooting and killing a man, the French prosecutor for New Caledonia said today, the Associated Press reported.

The officer is believed to have fired one shot, killing a 48-year-old man.

A statement from the prosecutor said the officer and a colleague were driving in an area north of the capital, Nouméa, on Friday afternoon when they “were physically attacked by a group of around 15 individuals.”

The prosecutor said he has opened a voluntary homicide investigation into the shooting — a customary step for French officers in such cases.

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