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A tent burns fast! Eufor Chad has just experienced it

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(B2) Eufor has just been the victim of a sudden attack... fire, we learn from Finnish and Irish sources. The fire started in a tent last Saturday (December 13) and quickly spread to others in the Abéché camp (eastern Chad) which serves as the headquarters of Eufor Chad's European forces. Four tents are destroyed. It was mainly Finnish and Irish soldiers who were affected (1). According to the first elements of the investigation, the fire was the result of “manipulation of flares”, assures the Finnish side. The fire, in any case, spread very quickly, helped by the strong wind (which blows well on this plain where Abéché is located). And the explosions of machine gun cartridges hampered the fight against the fire. No serious damage. Two Finnish soldiers who tried to put out the fire were slightly burned. But all the soldiers' personal equipment was lost.


(1) Normally based in Goz Beida, in the south of the country, Irish soldiers provide part of the guarding of the Abéché camp.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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