63 Sudanese killed in Central African Republic
Tribal clashes between rival herdsmen left 63 Sudanese dead in the Central African Republic, Sudan's foreign ministry announced Saturday.
"Regrettable tribal incidents occurred inside the territories of the Central African Republic between Sudanese and Central African Republic herdsmen and resulted in the death of 63 Sudanese subjects," the ministry said in a statement, cited by AFP.
It was not clear when the incident happened or what tribes were involved in the deadly dispute.
Nomadic tribes cross back and forth from the Sudan into the neighboring Central African Republic, located southwest of the Sudan.
Local authorities from Sudan's southern Darfur state visited the Central African Republic and discovered the incidents.
The Sudanese government vowed to contact the Central African Republic's government to bring the area under control.
The fighting started after a rumor spread that a Muslim tribal leader, and relative to the country's president Ange Felix Patasse, was killed by a Sudanese national.
Patasse is one of the Sudan's closest allies in the region. (Albawaba.com)
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