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Chadian President raises the alarm as communal clash claims 37 lives

Chadian President raises the alarm as communal clash claims 37 lives

The President of Chad, Idriss Deby, has raised the alarm over a communal clash in the eastern part of the country which has thus far claimed the lives of 37 victims.

The country’s leader said dozens of people were killed this week in Ouaddai province, near Chad’s eastern border with Sudan, after three days of violence.

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“The inter-communal conflict has become a national concern,” Deby said at a news conference on Friday.

“We are witnessing a terrible phenomenon.”

This week’s killings marked the latest outbreak of violence believed to be involving nomadic camel herders – many from the Zaghawa ethnic group from which Deby hails – and sedentary farmers from the Ouaddian community.

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