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Fighting between rival gold miners left at least 15 people dead in northern Chad on Monday, a security source said.
The violence erupted in Iri Bourgouri near the border with Libya, in the lawless Tibesti region which draws gold-hunters from all around.
“A first fight between a local man and an outsider caused one death,” the source, who asked not to be named, disclosed.
“Then there was a broader clash which left about 15 other people dead and several injured.”
Local media reported that the clash broke out between members of rival tribes.
The Chadian army came to patrol the area to prevent further violence, the reports said.
It was the latest in a series of deadly clashes in Tibesti.
The discovery of gold there in 2012-2013 has drawn miners from all over Chad and other countries.
Nigerian Customs: Cars importation ban Remains.
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has maintained that the ban on importation of used and new vehicles into the country through land borders remains.
The comptroller-general of customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), said this on Monday, June 24, when he spoke at the official launch of a bilateral trade platform at Seme border.
a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo Olupohunda According to Ali, the Nigeria Customs Service will not open land border for importation of used vehicles.
He, however, said the government was interested in the success of the connectivity platform that would facilitate border trade between Nigeria and Benin.
Ali urged that stakeholders should embrace the platform to enable the two countries to achieve seamless operations and trade facilitation as this would assist genuine traders.
“We are envisaging compliance, and we hope we get compliance; where individual decides not to comply, then the customs will ensure there is no illicit trafficking between the two countries,”
The NCS boss noted that through the platform, false declaration of goods and some other illegal activities, experienced due to manual operation, would stop.