Chad student shot dead in fresh gang rape protests

2016-02-22 22:22

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N'Djamena - A Chadian student was shot dead and five others injured by gunfire Monday when soldiers broke up a fresh protest in the country over a girl's brutal gang rape, hospital sources said.

"Soldiers fired at students leaving one dead and five hurt," a hospital worker in the northern city of Faya Largeau told AFP by telephone.

The secondary school student was the second young demonstrator killed in a week of trouble that has followed a rape whose repercussions touch on the families of senior figures in power.

Last Thursday, the Chadian government slapped a ban on unauthorised demonstrations with the minister for security and immigration accusing students of "sowing disorder" and saying they were "being manipulated by politicking groups."

That ban came after police used teargas to disperse high-school students in the capital N'Djamena as they sought to rally over the death of a demonstrator killed in a earlier protest over the gang rape.

The trouble erupted after a girl named Zouhoura was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by five young men who then posted a video online showing the victim naked and in tears. The video has since been withdrawn.

Amid widespread public anger, five men - three of them the sons of generals - were arrested, as well as four alleged accomplices, including a son of Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Zouhoura's father has filed a complaint and is a candidate in the country's presidential elections on April 10.

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