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Failed Nigerian asylum seeker allegedly assaulted and injured two French border guards

Rejected Nigerian asylum seeker allegedly attacks and injures two French border officers

A Nigerian national who had been refused asylum in France has been arrested for an attack on border force agents which injured two police officers.

The incident happened in the French Mediterranean seaside resort of Port-la-Nouvelle on Wednesday morning November 17, 2022, during what was supposed to be a simple identity check at Narbonne train station.

When police asked for his ID, the 24-year-old suspect refused to provide papers and began beating officers, according to French newspaper L’Indépendant.

“It turns out that the respondent is an asylum seeker in France. It had been refused to him, a decision which he appealed”, indicated the Trade Union Alliance of Aude in a press release.

The police asked the individual to follow them, but he refused and responded “very” violently.

After several minutes of trying to arrest the man, the officers finally cornered him.

The two officers, both middle-aged men, suffered minor injuries and later complained of knee and back pain.

Their attending physician has prescribed them 15 days off work, and a forensic doctor from the Forensic Medicine Unit will decide on Thursday the duration of their temporary incapacity for work.

According to local reports, the officers will have limited range of motion due to their injuries.

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