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Calgary police release photos of 16 ‘persons of interest’ in violent Eritrean community clash

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 22 September 2023

Calgary police release photos of 16 ‘persons of interest’ in violent Eritrean community clash

Calgary police released photos of these men, believed to be persons of interest in a violent clash between two rival groups of the city's Eritrean community. (Supplied)Calgary police released photos of these men, believed to be persons of interest in a violent clash between two rival groups of the city's Eritrean community. (Supplied)

The Calgary Police Service is asking for help from the public with identifying 16 ‘persons of interest’ in an early September brawl in northeast Calgary where several businesses were damaged.

Emergency crews were called to the commercial area of Westwinds, near the intersection of McKnight Boulevard and Falconridge Boulevard Northeast, on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 2 after a violent crash broke out involving opposing groups of Eritrean Canadians; proponents and opponents of the government of the East African nation.

According to police, up to 150 people were involved in the clash and many were armed with weapons.

EMS officials confirmed 11 patients were transported to hospital from the scene, all in non-life-threatening condition.

On Thursday, police confirmed the investigation into the brawl was ongoing and investigators were attempting to identify 16 people who were believed to be involved. Photographs of the 16 ‘persons of interest’ were released Thursday morning.

Anyone who recognizes any of the persons of interest, or who may have additional information regarding the clash, is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234 or by email at ITF@calgarypolice.ca.

WATCH: Calgary police are looking to speak with 16 people connected to a violent clash. Cami Kepke has more on potential charges and how the violence impacted people and businesses caught in the crossfire.

The Calgary Police Service is attempting to identify these three persons of interest in connection with the Sept. 2 clash in Westwinds involving the Eritrean community. Supplied
Persons of interest in the Sept. 2, 2023 clash in northeast Calgary involving members of the Eritrean community. Supplied
Persons of interest in the Sept. 2, 2023 clash in northeast Calgary involving members of the Eritrean community. Supplied
Persons of interest in the Sept. 2, 2023 clash in northeast Calgary involving members of the Eritrean community. Supplied/CPS
Persons of interest in the Sept. 2, 2023 clash in northeast Calgary involving members of the Eritrean community. Supplied