At Least 14 Dead As Farmers, Herders Clash In CAR
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Tue 15th June 2021 | 11:16 PM
At least 14 people were killed in a revenge attack by Chadian herders, after a farmer killed a herder in the far north of the Central African Republic, local officials said Tuesday
Bangui, Central African Republic, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jun, 2021 ) :At least 14 people were killed in a revenge attack by Chadian herders, after a farmer killed a herder in the far north of the Central African Republic, local officials said Tuesday.
"It all started with a dispute between a farmer and a herder who led his livestock into a field" near Tiri, the village's mayor Ibrahim Senoussi told AFP.
"The herds devastated the field and the crops" and the herder was killed after the dispute turned violent, he said.
Francois Dieudonne Bata Wapi Yepi, the regional prefect, said the Chadian herders went on the rampage in reprisal, killing 14 people including women and children, torching 66 homes as well as granaries.
"Nearly 3,000 people fled," he said, adding that the clash occurred last Thursday in the area some 700 kilometres (420 miles) north of the capital Bangui.
The two groups have a long and troubled history in the region, where weapons abound and violence often flares after cattle destroy crops.
"We can't keep allowing foreigners to come and kill Central Africans on their land," the prefect said.
Bilateral relations have been strained in recent weeks.