Clashes in Chad leave 55 dead, villages destroyed

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Not fewer than 55 people were killed and more than 40 injured as three villages were burnt during fighting in the central African country of Chad, a governor said yesterday.

The clashes in the south-eastern region of Salamat erupted between different ethnic groups on Wednesday night.

The affected were the villages around the provincial capital of Am Timan, according to Salamat Governor, Abel Yamabaye Massira.

Dozens of injured people were being treated at hospital on Thursday, he said.

The reason for the violence was not immediately clear.

Conflicts between population groups in the region often revolve around resources such as land and livestock as well as escalating revenge attacks or protracted ethnic tensions.

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