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UN-trained policeman killed in eastern Chad

[Chad] Scraps of cardboard, torn-up sacks, branches and plastic sheeting have been used to construct impromptu shelters for those Darfur refugees still awaiting tents. Bredjing camp, eastern Chad, September 2004.
Sudanese woman and children in eastern Chad (file photo) Security forces and aid workers in the area commonly face armed robberies and carjackings (Claire Soares/IRIN)

Armed men shot dead a Chadian policeman on the night of 13 May when they attacked the post of national police specially trained to protect refugees, displaced persons and humanitarian staff in eastern Chad.

The station of the Chadian Integrated Security Detachment (DIS) in the town of Goz Amer was attacked by six men in civilian clothes, according to a 14 statement by the UN mission in Chad, MINURCAT. "The six men arrived on foot and burst into the DIS station where they opened fire on the officers present," MINURCAT said.

The DIS has experienced numerous armed attacks in the volatile region, where relief agencies assisting more than 400,000 refugees and displaced Chadians commonly encounter car-jackings and armed robberies, but this is the first time an officer was killed in such an attack, MINURCAT spokesperson Penangnini Touré told IRIN.

The attack occurred in a region where clashes between rebels and government troops forced the relocation of aid staff on 6 May. As of 12 May UN and NGO aid staff slowly began returning to the town of Koukou Angarana, where some 60,000 refugees and displaced Chadians live. MINURCAT has temporarily deployed 120 peacekeepers to Koukou, according to an 11 May statement.


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