Posted on May 28, 2010

Nigerian Shot Dead, 32 Arrested in Market Riot in Poland

"Europe," European Times, May 24, 2010

Street vendors are detained by police at a popular open-air market in Warsaw after throwing stones and metal objects at custom authorities in reaction to the killing of one of their colleagues. A 36 year old Nigerian was fatally shot after trying to flee from a routine police inspection.

A Nigerian was shot dead in Warsaw on Sunday after a struggle with police who chased him through a crowded open-air market whose traders pelted officers with bricks, police said after making 32 arrests.

The 36-year-old man took flight when a police patrol entered the market in the central Praga district, police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski told AFP.

Traders threw bricks and other objects at police when they began to pursue him, Sokolowski said.

“According to certain witnesses, the man tried to wrestle a gun away from a policeman,” when it went off, he said.

“A police officer was wounded and hospitalised. Thirty-two people were detained, most likely all Nigerians, but we are still checking their identities,” Sokolowski said.

Investigators have opened an inquiry into the circumstances of the man’s death.