The Washington Times: Gunbattle Erupts in Chad

01.07.08

Categorie: Accidents, Africa, Axe in Chad |

technical.JPGWhen the gunfire started around 9 on Friday evening, some people in this hot, remote outpost town near Chad´s border with Sudan assumed it was celebratory shooting from a wedding taking place downtown. But long bursts of machine-gun fire and at least one exploding rocket quickly dispelled that notion. For two hours gunfire laced downtown Abeche, killing at least one person and perhaps many more, though the government denies anyone was hurt.

The incident — described as either a celebration of a military victory over rebels or mistaken friendly fire among government soldiers — revealed the precarious state of security in the poor central African nation, which is engaged in proxy wars with neighbors Sudan and Central African Republic while also hosting more than 300,000 refugees from those countries.

Read the rest in The Washington Times.

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