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Chadian Troops Recover 1,300 Firearms in Bangui

The 100 Chadian troops who arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday have recovered 1,300 firearms and 270 vehicles in a disarmament campaign. The Chadian ambassador, Maitile Djoumbe, handed over the recovered weapons on Monday to the CAR chief of staff, Antoine Gambi, the spokesman of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) force, Augustin Bibaye, told IRIN on Tuesday. Bibaye said the Chadian troops recovered the firearms, of all kinds, when they disarmed former rebel supporters of the coup leader, Francois Bozize, and youths in the capital, Bangui, who had armed themselves with stolen weapons after the 15 March coup. According to Bibaye, some of the vehicles recovered are in good condition while others are damaged. After the coup in which former President Ange-Felix Patasse was ousted, youths armed with firearms stolen from the presidential residence, took advantage of the confusion to loot goods and vehicles. Full Story

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