Dozens of young men rioted in a troubled district in northern France, pulling drivers from their cars and stealing the vehicles, and burning a school and a youth centre. The police department in Amiens says at least 16 officers were hurt by the time the riot ended Tuesday, some by buckshot and projectiles.

“The confrontations were very, very violent,” Amiens Mayor Gilles Dumailly told the French television network BFM.

Police in Amiens said the riot began around 9 p.m. Monday, ending around 4 a.m. after federal reinforcements arrived. It said about a hundred young men were involved. It wasn’t clear what caused the unrest.

Earlier this month, the district in Amiens was among 15 areas declared the most troubled in France, and the government pledged more security and more money.

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