Chad’s defence ministry has accused the Central African Republic (CAR) of attacking one of its military base in the south and left six soldiers dead.
The government in the CAR capital, Bangui, regularly accuses Chad of trying to destabilise the country by supporting armed rebel groups.
“The Central African armed forces attacked the outpost of Sourou in Chad on Sunday morning … killed a Chad soldier, injured five and kidnapped five others who were then executed in Mbang on the Central African Republic side,” Chad’s Foreign Minister, Cherif Mahamat Zene, said in a statement.
The ministry said the heavily armed assailants struck in the early hours of Sunday.
“This extremely serious war crime and this premeditated murderous attack, planned and carried out within Chad for reasons known only by the Central African government cannot go unpunished,” the statement added.
Zene said Chad would “call the international community to bear witness” to what he branded a “serious aggression
Since April 20, Chad, considered the most powerful in the North-Central African region has been under a military rule after the death of veteran leader, Idriss Deby Itno, who had been killed leading troops against Chadian rebel fighters arriving from Libya and whose government was a key Western ally in the fight against armed groups in the volatile Sahel.