55 dead as fight erupts in Chadian villages

No fewer than 55 people were killed and more than 40 injured after an inter-ethnic fight erupted in three villages in the central African country of Chad, a governor said yesterday.

The clashes in the south-eastern region of Salamat erupted between different ethnic groups on Wednesday night.

The affected were the villages around the provincial capital of Am Timan, according to Salamat Governor, Abel Yamabaye Massira.

Dozens of injured people were being treated at hospital on Thursday, he said.

The reason for the violence cannot be ascertained as at press time.

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