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Three dead, several injured in Paris shooting

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A gunman has opened fire in the centre of the French capital, Paris, killing three people and injuring several others.

According to witnesses, the attacker targeted a Kurdish community centre and restaurant.

A suspect aged 69 was quickly arrested, and it soon emerged he was freed from custody recently.

According to BBC, clashes later broke out between police and a group who had gathered at the scene in the aftermath of the attack.

Footage showed people starting fires in the middle of the street and smashing car windows, with officers in riot gear responding by throwing tear gas.

The unrest came after a man, described by witnesses as tall, white and elderly, shot dead two men and a woman on Rue d’Enghien in the 10th district of Paris.

Of the three people injured, one was said to be in critical condition and the others were receiving treatment for serious injuries.

The Paris Prosecutor Laure Beccuau said they would look into a possible racist motive.

He said there is no confirmed motive for the shooting, adding that the suspect had just been released, a year after he had attacked tents at a migrant camp in Paris with a sword.

Authorities appealed for people to avoid the area in Strasbourg-Saint Denis in the 10th district of Paris.

Writing by Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino