FNTR: Chad Government Executed Six Opposition Suspects as they Fled Libya

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

An armed opposition movement in Chad on Tuesday accused the government of executing six suspected members of the opposition, captured as they fled racist attacks in Libya. 

In a statement, the National Front for a Renewed Chad (FNTR) group said the six were executed on Friday and that "forces close to the regime are intercepting vehicles carrying immigrants in the middle of the desert." 

Chadians have been flooding back into the country after a wave of racist attacks in September on black African migrant workers in neighboring Libya, which the Libyan authorities say has left six dead but returnees say has killed dozens. 

The officials then "pick out people they think belong to the opposition, put them in military vehicles and drive them off to an unknown destination," the statement, sent to AFP in Libreville, said. 

It said that more than 47 Chadians had disappeared in this way. 

More than half a million Chadians are believed to live in Libya. More than 4,000 of them have returned since the attacks started, according to official figures – LIBREVILLE (AFP) 



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