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Chad withdraws all troops from Central Africa

Chad said Wednesday it had withdrawn its entire force from the Central African Republic in the wake of accusations its troops waged an unprovoked attack in a market last month. The pullout of more than 800 troops who made up a key contingent in the African peacekeeping force MISCA struggling to restore security in the violence-ravaged country came despite French appeals for Chad to reverse its decision.

Chad dictator lawyers say war crimes trial 'political'

The lawyers for Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre said on Thursday his prosecution in Senegal for crimes against humanity was politically motivated and driven by the Chadian spy agency. The 71-year-old faces accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture during his regime in Chad between 1982 and 1990, when some 40,000 people were killed, according to rights groups.

Chad dictator lawyers say war crimes trial 'political'

The lawyers for Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre said on Thursday his prosecution in Senegal for genocide was politically motivated and driven by the Chadian spy agency. The 71-year-old faces accusations of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture during his regime in Chad between 1982 and 1990, when some 40,000 people were killed, according to rights groups.

Chad says UN accusations over C. Africa killings 'defamatory'

Chad on Saturday dismissed as "defamatory and tendentious" UN accusations that its troops carried out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in the Central African Republic's capital, killing at least 30 people. "The government of the Republic of Chad expresses its surprise and indignation faced with the purported investigation published by the United Nations Human Rights Commission," said a government statement sent to AFP.

Chad says UN accusations over C. Africa killings 'defamatory'

Chad on Saturday dismissed as "defamatory and tendentious" UN accusations that its troops carried out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in the Central African Republic's capital, killing at least 30 people. "The government of the Republic of Chad expresses its surprise and indignation faced with the purported investigation published by the United Nations Human Rights Commission," said a government statement sent to AFP.

UN accuses Chad troops of unprovoked C.Africa killings

The UN accused Chadian soldiers Friday of carrying out an unprovoked attack when they opened fire in a crowded market in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, killing at least 30 people. The damning findings came a day after Chad -- under fire over the Saturday attack, which also left 300 people wounded -- angrily announced it was withdrawing from the African peacekeeping force struggling to restore security in the strife-torn state.

Chad starts pulling peacekeepers from Central African Republic

By Jean-Frederic Perriere BANGUI (Reuters) - Chad began withdrawing its troops from Central African Republic's peacekeeping mission on Friday as a U.N. report accused its soldiers of killing 30 civilians and wounding 300 in an attack on a crowded market last week. Chad's Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat denied the allegation, saying the troops had been ambushed by Christian "anti-balaka" militia and had responded.

U.N. says Chadian soldiers killed 30 in Central African Republic attack

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market on March 29 in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. Previously local officials and aid workers had put the death toll at least 10, with 30 wounded.

C.Africa 'regrets' Chad decision to withdraw troops

The Central African Republic "regrets" a decision by Chad to withdraw from the peacekeeping force trying to quell sectarian violence in the country, foreign minister Toussaint Kongo-Doudou said Friday. "We learnt with a lot of regret of the announcement... of the withdrawal of Chadian troops from the Misca (African-led force) in the Central African Republic," he said in a statement sent to AFP by the CAR embassy in Paris, a day after Chad announced the withdrawal after being accused of siding with a mainly Muslim movement that held power for most of last year. alc/mbx/yad

UN says Chad troops' killing of 30 C.Africans unprovoked

Chadian soldiers killed at least 30 Central Africans and wounded 300 others including women and children in an unprovoked attack on a packed market in Bangui last weekend, a UN probe showed Friday. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN's human rights office, said that an investigation on site learnt that the troops had "opened fire on the population without any provocation" and had continued to shoot indiscriminately at the fleeing crowd in the Central African Republic's capital.
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