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Gunshots fired at French embassy in Mauritius, police on alert

Gunshots fired at French embassy in Mauritius, police on alert

Mauritius

Four gunshots were fired on Monday morning at the French Embassy in Mauritius’ capital, Port Louis and at the hotel Le Saint Georges, which is a popular spot for Europeans.

There were no casualties reported as at the time the embassy was empty and the two security guards on duty are being questioned by police, Africanews correspondent in Mauritius, Yasine Mohabuth reports.

“Terrorist group, Islamic State’s graffiti was found sprayed on the wall of the embassy and in a private courtyard with the inscription :‘You will no longer live here in peace’,” Yasine Mohabuth said.

No country is immune but we appeal to the solidarity of all. It requires a spirit of solidarity to fight those who seek to undermine the country's security.

A press conference was organised after the shooting by the police and according to them, CCTV images only found three shadows at the scene.

Police Commissioner Mario Nobin explained that two different types of weapons were used; small arms and hunting weapons.

“We found traces of projectiles on the bay window of St Georges Hotel and a window on the ground floor of the French embassy,” police commissioner Mario Nobin told the media.

“No country is immune but we appeal to the solidarity of all. It requires a spirit of solidarity to fight those who seek to undermine the country’s security. I appeal to the public to inform the police if they find anything suspicious,” Commissioner Nobin said.

He added that security level had been raised in the country, but described the situation as under control.

France’s Ambassador to Mauritius, Laurent Garnier, explained how his country is at risk since they took bold actions against the Islamic State.

“We will not yield to intimidation”, he told the media.

Security has been strengthened throughout the country especially outside embassies and high commissions.

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