Toll in Chad troop killings in C.Africa rises to 24

At least 24 people have been killed and another 100 seriously injured by Chadian soldiers sent to repatriate their compatriots from the Central African Republic, according to figures released on Sunday evening.

"There are already 24 bodies identified and collected and more than 100 people seriously injured," Odette Dombolo, the mayor of Begoua, a suburb of the capital Bangui, told reporters. Previously it was claimed eight people had been killed.