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CAR, Chad Set Up Independent Commission To Investigate Attack On Chadian Soldiers

The commission will investigate the circumstances leading to the death of six Chadian soldiers allegedly by CAR’s russian mercenaries.

Chad and Central African Republic have agreed to set up an independent international commission to investigate the circumstances that led to the attack on the Chadian village of Sourou last Sunday, May 30, 2021, allegedly by Russian mercenaries resulting in the death of six Chadian soldiers.

The decision was reached on Tuesday night after the arrival of a Central African Republic delegation in the Chadian capital N’Djamena to calm the tension arising from the Sunday attack.

The decision is contained in a communique jointly signed by the Chadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahamat Zene Cherif, and his Central African Republic counterpart, Madam Sylvie Baipo Temon.

“Taking into consideration the urgency and gravity of the situation, the two parties want to elucidate on the circumstances leading to the attack.”

“To this end, they have agreed to put in place a commission which will compose of experts from the United Nations, the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States who would be deployed on the site of the incident” the communique read in part.

The two countries insisted on their secular friendly and fraternal links, reinforced by their geographic proximity, history, and culture. They have thus agreed to enforce the commission’s report and to work on a new basis for the reinforcement of the security on their common border.

HumAngle reported that on Sunday, May 30, 2021, there was a clash between Chad and Central African Republic troops at their shared border.

It is alleged that soldiers of the Central African Republic national army, FACA, in pursuit of rebels occupying parts of the country, entered Chadian territory notably in the Monts de Lam division of Logone Oriental province. Six Chadians were killed, with five others wounded and currently being treated in the Mbere hospital.

This incident has led to fears of a possible escalation of violence or even war between the two neighbouring countries.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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