A 10-year-old boy has been shot dead in France after allegedly being caught between the crossfire of fighting drug traffickers.
The tragedy took place in the Pissevin district of Nimes, a city in the south of the country.
The incident took place overnight between Monday and Tuesday, around 11pm, reports Actu17.
Following the boy's death, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said: "This is a great tragedy which will not go unpunished.
"The police has already arrested several traffickers in recent weeks and it will step up its presence."
The boy's uncle was also shot, according to France Bleu.
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The local man was driving home with his two nephews when the shooting broke out.
He was shot in the back and, according to the report, immediately drove to the hospital.
However, the ten-year-old boy was fatally injured while trying to leave the car in a hurry once the shooting had begun, according to Actu17.
His brother, the second nephew, was miraculously unharmed.
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Witnesses told police that at least four shooters fired during the altercation, before the suspects fled.
At least one man armed with a rifle opened fire several dozen times in the area of Avenue des Arts.
Several amateur videos posted on social media show a shooter using his weapon before fleeing in a car driven by an accomplice.
The full sequence of events will be confirmed following the investigations.
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