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Ouch! Two Indian civilians killed by French forces in Bangui

(BRUSSELS2) Two Indian civilians and six others were injured (some seriously) during an incident at Bangui airport in the Central African Republic on Monday (March 25). The vehicles (three in number) in which they were seated, with Chadian police officers from FOMAC (the multinational force in Central Africa), were rapidly heading towards the airport area, protected by French troops. Despite warning shots, the vehicles did not stop. “ The situation was particularly confusing », Specifies the Ministry of Defense. The French soldiers were under tension. They had previously been attacked by unidentified shots, Colonel Burkhard, spokesperson for the Army General Staff, explained to AFP. An investigation was carried out to determine “ the exact circumstances". The injured were treated and repatriated by plane to the French military hospital in N'Djamena (Chad). President François Hollande immediately sent a letter of condolences to his Indian counterpart, assuring his determination to clarify the circumstances of the incident. This includes avoiding any diplomatic slippage like what happened with the Italian marines off the coast of India (read: Italian flip-flop. The Maros return to India)

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).