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Soldiers From Chad Disarm Central African Republic Rebels

Troops from Chad responded to a coup-leader’s request Thursday and began disarming his rebel fighters, who had captured the Central African Republic capital. Rebel leader Francois Bozize invited the troops from neighboring Chad to help restore security to the city, which had fallen into lawlessness since the weekend coup. The victorious rebels, members of the ousted presidential guard and ordinary citizens have been looting the city’s downtown while unidentified bandits robbed homes at gunpoint in the suburbs. Citizens claimed some rebels commandeered their cars. The rebels charged Bozize – a former army general with ties to Chad – with betraying them. Some complained Bozize had always held plans to move them aside, even after they fought to put him in power. “They took all the guns we have, even the pistols,” said rebel Loulou Rodrigue. “What a surprise. Bozize could have asked us to return the guns. He shouldn’t have told the Chadians to take them from us.” Full Story

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