Chad : two French soldiers from operation Barkhane injured by fire - The Point

Two French soldiers on a reconnaissance mission were injured on Tuesday morning by shooting chadians in n'djamena, chad, has indicated to the Agence France-Pre

Chad : two French soldiers from operation Barkhane injured by fire - The Point

Two French soldiers on a reconnaissance mission were injured on Tuesday morning by shooting chadians in n'djamena, chad, has indicated to the Agence France-Presse, the spokesman of the French staff, referring to an " accident ". The two soldiers, who are going to be evacuated and in which the vital prognosis is not engaged, "were on reconnaissance patrol near the presidential palace in order to prepare for an official meeting to come," said the colonel Frédéric Barbry. "The circumstances of the accident are yet to be determined ", he said, adding that investigations were ongoing.

By the end of the morning, an officer of the presidential guard chad had informed the Agence France-Presse, on condition of anonymity, shooting of individuals in civilian clothes. The two men " had come to the edge of a Prado white (a civilian vehicle), they were in civilian clothes and stopped opposite the main gate of the new palace and thus, the military faction fired at them. Then, another car came to retrieve it, " he said.

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Chad is an ally of France in the Sahel, one of the armed forces the strongest in the region and an important actor in the joint force of the G5 Sahel, with Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso) who is fighting the jihadist groups in the Sahel with the French force Barkhane. The army of president Idriss Itno Déby is also faced with the jihadist groups, including Boko Haram, very present around the lake Chad. On the 23rd of march, an attack by the group Boko Haram on the peninsula of Bohoma, Chad, had cost the lives of a hundred of military personnel from chad, the heaviest loss the army in a day.

Updated Date: 09 June 2020, 10:33

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