Chadian troops open fire on civilians in a crowded market – CAR

Chadian troops open fire on civilians in a crowded market – CAR
Chadian soldiers in Central African Republic

Geneva – The UN on Friday accused Chadian soldiers of carrying out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in Central African capital Bangui, a day after Chad said it was withdrawing its peacekeepers from the strife-torn state.

An investigation into the Saturday attack which left at least 30 dead and another 300 wounded found that the troops had “opened fire on the population without any provocation,” said a spokesperson for the UN’s human rights office.

“As panic-stricken people fled in all directions, the soldiers allegedly continued firing indiscriminately,” the spokesperson, Rupert Colville, added.

“According to our preliminary findings, at least 30 people were killed as a result of the shooting and over 300 were seriously injured, including children, people with disabilities, pregnant women and the elderly, as these were the people least able to run for their lives.”

The attack only ended when Congolese peacekeepers arrived, said Colville….

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