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No fewer than 14 people were killed in a revenge attack by Chadian herders after a farmer killed a herder in Central African Republic Africa Daily News, New York reports.
Narrating what happened to reporters, the village’s mayor who was identified as Ibrahim Senoussi said; ‘It all started with a dispute between a farmer and a herder who led his livestock into a field Near Tiri’.
‘The herds devastated the field and the crops and the herder was killed after the dispute turned violent’
Francois Dieudonne Bata Wapi Yepi, the regional prefect, pointed out that the Chadian herders went on a rampage in reprisal, killing 14 people including women and children, torching 66 homes as well as granaries.
‘Nearly 3,000 people fled,’ he said, adding that the clash occurred last Thursday in the area some 700 kilometres (420 miles) north of the capital Bangui.
A medical source said two people who were seriously wounded were taken to a hospital in Ndele, some 80 kilometres from Tiri.
The two groups have a long and troubled history in the region, where weapons abound and violence often flares after cattle destroy crops.
“We can’t keep allowing foreigners to come and kill Central Africans on their land,” the prefect said.
He added that CAR army soldiers would be deployed to secure the border with Chad, which has been closed since 2014.
Africa Daily News, New York understands that bilateral relations have been strained in recent weeks between both countries.
In late May, the Chadian government alleged that CAR soldiers attacked a military post within Chad, killing a soldier and abducting five others, later ‘executing’ them in CAR.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK