French police arrest suspect in Paris shootings

By REUTERS
November 21, 2013 03:45

 
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PARIS - French police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and seriously wounding an employee of the left-wing Paris newspaper Liberation and firing a shotgun at the headquarters of a major bank, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday.

The suspect, Abdelhakim Dekhar, had ties with a couple involved in a Paris shootout with police in 1994 that killed five people, including three officers, Valls told a news conference.

That incident became known as the Rey-Maupin affair.

Dekhar was arrested late on Wednesday in a semi-conscious state in his car in the parking lot of the northwestern Paris suburb of Bois-Colombes. Police had received a tip-off of his whereabouts from someone with whom he had recently stayed.

"Everything suggests that he tried to commit suicide," said Valls, who added that the suspect's motive for the shootings remained unknown.

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