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Chadian herdsmen in reprisal kill 14 farmers in Central African Republic

A Central Africa official declared: “we can’t keep allowing foreigners to come and kill Central Africans on their land.”

• June 15, 2021
Armed herdsmen
Armed herdsmen used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: Africa Daily News]

Chadian herdsmen have killed no fewer than 14 people in a northern town of Central African Republic in retaliation of the death of their kinsman who had been killed in a scuffle with farmers he destroyed their farmland with his cattle.

Mayor of the Tori village, Ibrahim Senoussi, confirmed the attack to AFP on Tuesday.

Mr Senoussi narrating the incident said: “It all started with a dispute between a farmer and a herder who led his livestock into a field.

The herds devastated the field and the crops” which led into a violent confrontation.

Explaining further, the regional prefect, Francois Dieudonne Bata Wapi Yepi, disclosed that aside from the 14 killed, women and children included, the herders burnt down 66 homes and granaries.

He added that following the clash which happened on Thursday, “nearly 3,000 people fled,” the area.

The area is about 700 kilometres (420 miles) north of Bangui, the country’s capital.

Doctors also disclosed that two people sustained serious injuries and have been hospitalised in Ndele, about 80 kilometres from Tiri.

Cases of cattle destroying farmlands and crops in the region have for years ended up in mayhem but the prefect insists “we can’t keep allowing foreigners to come and kill Central Africans on their land.”

CAR’s border with Chad has been closed since 2014 but the prefect assures that the CAR army will secure the border to forestall further attacks.

Relations between both nations have been strained for a long time as CAR continually alleges that neighbouring Chad is giving support to armed groups in the Central African nation.

Nigeria is among a few other African nations bedeviled with the bloody conflict between farmers and herders as well as invasion by foreign elements via the porous borders of the North.

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