Last week the Chechens fought the Kurds in Liège, Belgium. One unfortunate culture-enricher died in the affray.
28 arrests after deadly confrontation between rival gangs in Liège
April 16, 2021
Two rival youth gangs fought out a conflict Friday afternoon in the streets of Bressoux, a suburb of Liège. During the fight, there was one death and two wounded. The Liège prosecutor’s office has begun an investigation.
In the Liège suburb of Bressoux a severe fight broke out on Friday afternoon. The events took place around 5pm Friday evening on the Avenue de Nancy.
A young man of Chechen origin was attacked by a gang of masked men with baseball bats when he was driving on the street in his car. “The young man tried to drive away, but in doing so, he drove into some parked cars. He was then shot at,” says Damien Leboutte of the Liège prosecutor’s office. The victim later succumbed to his wounds in the hospital.
Two others were injured during their arrest. In total, the police, who arrived at the scene en masse, arrested 28 people.
The prosecutor’s office of Liège opened an investigation after the events. Those arrested were interrogated, and Friday evening, an investigating judge, a police doctor, and a ballistics expert also came to the scene. According to the Liège prosecutor’s office, the latter expert was called because heavy weapons were used. There are pictures that have appeared in which a Kalashnikov is visible.
During the confrontation, a TEC bus was hit with a stone. Several lines have been diverted or canceled this weekend.
According to various French-language media, the fight was the result of a conflict between youths of Kurdish and Chechen backgrounds who live in Liège or Verviers. The information was not confirmed by the prosecutor’s office. The young man who died is reportedly a Chechen.
According to the Wallonian newspaper La Meuse it was about a settling of scores. The two gangs did not meet each other by chance. The confrontation was set up via social media. They are reportedly very young gang members.
The police are wary of retaliation. On social media, a call for revenge is now circulating. On Saturday afternoon one of the gangs reportedly wants to go to Verviers. “The Verviers police are aware of the call and have taken the necessary measures,” the RTBF reports.
Correction 4/17: We first reported that the dead victim was a woman, but that is not correct.