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Chadian Police Kill Demonstrator in Protest by Wounded Soldiers

Police in Chad Tuesday killed at least one person when they opened fire on a protest by wounded soldiers demanding better medical care.

A Defense Ministry official, Blabague Marboulaye, said Wednesday that the soldiers were demonstrating in front of a military hospital in the capital, N'Djamena.

The official said the troops were disruptive and that the protests had been infiltrated by civilians who wanted to benefit from health services.

Police were called in to disperse the protest, making several arrests in addition to shooting the demonstrator.

Officials say the protests had interrupted operations at the hospital, but calm has been restored at the facility.

The troops were wounded in combat against rebels in eastern Chad.

The rebels have waged a low-intensity war against the government of President Idriss Deby for the past year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.