Chadian planes bomb rebels in Sudan - UN

January 8th, 2008  

Topic: Chadian planes bomb rebels in Sudan - UN

* Does anybody know what kind of aircraft were used?

Chadian planes bomb rebels in Sudan - UN

Mon 7 Jan 2008, 19:49 GMT
KHARTOUM, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Chadian planes have bombed Chadian rebel positions near the capital of Sudan's Western Darfur state, a U.N. report said of the second reported cross-border incursion in two weeks.
Six Chadian "opposition members" were killed in the attacks on villages in Darfur early Sunday, said the report seen by Reuters on Monday.
Rodolphe Adada, head of the African Union-United Nations force for Darfur, said he was watching growing tensions along the Chad-Sudan border with deep concern and said they could negatively affect the deployment of the long-awaited joint Darfur peacekeeping mission.
In a statement, Adada said he was "concerned that if the situation is not immediately brought under control, great numbers of internally displaced persons and refugees will likely be the first victims of any further escalations."
Relations between Chad and Sudan have been tense in recent years as both try to quell insurgencies close to their long and porous border. They accuse each other of backing rebels trying to overthrow their respective governments.

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January 8th, 2008  

Topic: A slight update - Helicopters were used

Two Chadian Air Force helicopters have bombed Chadian rebel positions near the capital of Sudan's Western Darfur state, a U.N. report said.

The U.N. report said the attacks took place on Jan. 6 at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the villages of Goker and Wadi Radi 35 km south of Geneina.

January 9th, 2008  

Topic: Maybe Swiss-built Pilatus planes were used

*Another story coming out today

January 8, 2008 - 5:15 PM
Pilatus aircraft possibly used in Darfur conflict

Swiss authorities are taking steps to clarify whether a Swiss-built Pilatus plane was used by Chad's air force in attacks on Darfur, Sudan.

A spokeswoman for the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) confirmed reports that her office, along with the foreign ministry, was investigating the claim.
"All channels will be activated to clarify exactly what happened," she said.

It is not yet clear what type of aircraft may have been deployed and whether it took part in bombardments.
The Chadian government confirmed that it had bombed ex-army rebel positions in Darfur early Monday morning, using two helicopters and a light aircraft.

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