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Reserve in Alberta hit by week of gang, drug violence

A reserve in Alberta was hit by a week of gang and drug-related violence, prompting community members to call for the banishment of the troublemakers.

A home invasion, a home bombing, a shooting and a serious assault took place over five days on the Hobbema Reserve, home to four separate First Nations. Also, a group of eight youth were arrested after they were spotted carrying guns, machetes and bats.

Tribal leaders blame the violence on drugs and gang activity that has hit the reserve over the last few years. "It's gang warfare," said a Samson Cree Nation spokesperson.

Get the Story:
Alberta First Nation may banish troublemakers (CBC 7/15)
Hobbema looks at banishing gang members (CBC 7/15)
Hobbema needs more cops: chief (The Edmonton Sun 7/14)
Hobbema rocked by week of violence (CBC 7/14)

Native Gang Reports:
2005 Intelligence Trends: Aboriginal-based Gangs in Saskatchewan (March 2005) | Aboriginal-based Organized Crime (Criminal Intelligence Service Canada 2004)

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