Three dead in Marseille shootout: 'guns too easy to buy' says mayor

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Two victims aged 25 and 26 were killed in the first shootout around midnight in the 14th district of the city; elsewhere, a 27 year-old man was kidnapped in the 4th district after a second shootout and was burnt alive in his car.

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A police investigation is underway after two people were shot dead, and a third burnt alive on Saturday evening in the southern French city of Marseille, reports RFI.

It's the fourth death linked to gun violence this week, a phenomenon which the mayor Benoît Payan says is out of control. 

Two victims aged 25 and 26 were killed in the first shootout around midnight in the 14th district of the city, where 9mm Kalachnikov cartridges were later found.

Elsewhere, a 27 year-old man was kidnapped in the 4th district after a second shootout. He was burnt alive in his car, according to a local police spokesman.

"Although the motives for this latest attack are unclear at this stage, this new episode of violence will in no way diminish the determination of our state services to fight the wave of drug and gun crime and do everything in our power to find the suspects," Marseille police chief Frédérique Camilleri said a statement.

According to the prefecture, 94 police officers have already arrived as back up in Marseille since the beginning of the year, while 120 officers from the special CRS brigade already carry out 3 to 6 anti-drug operations everyday.

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