CALAIS authorities have detained five men accused of attacking migrants with iron bars and axes while dressed as police officers.
The group, aged between 18 and 48, have been accused of attacking three Syrians by a train station in the northern French town with “iron bars and axes”.
The men “clearly tried to pin their actions on the authorities”, according to a French police source.
The source said: “They haven’t admitted that they were dressed as police, but they have said certain members of the group shouted ‘police’ before the attack to gain the migrants’ attention and that they used batons.”
In February migrants said violence by organised gangs – sometimes dressed in uniforms – had escalated as tensions reached boiling point in the northern French port town.
Last month police arrested seven men armed with iron bars and extendable batons for a suspected attack on five Iraqi Kurds at Loon-Plage, a port town between Calais and Dunkirk.