A missile was accidentally fired from a Chadian military jet at the house of a senior army officer near the capital, N’Djamena, on April 17 killing five people, according to reports.
Tchad : Vidéo qui documenterait un avion de chasse stationné sur le tarmac de l’aéroport de Ndjamena qui a déclenché inopinément le tir d’un missile.
Le projectile a transpercé un camion citerne vide avant de terminer sa course dans un bâtiment, faisant 4 morts. pic.twitter.com/OZJdFKDTwj
— Rebecca Rambar (@RebeccaRambar) April 17, 2020
The missile reportedly hit and destroyed the house of the senior army officer, identified as Mahamat Saleh Arim, located near the Adji Kossei Air Base. Mahamat Saleh Arim is the deputy commander of the presidential guard and a close ally of President Idriss Deby Itno.
According to local reports, the explosion killed five people, including three children. The reports added that two others were wounded in the incident.
The munition reportedly struck just meters from the Chad headquarters of the French-led military campaign fighting militants in the region, the Operation Barkhane.
“An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances of this incident,” said Youssouf Tom, public prosecutor at the N’Djamena High Court.
The aircraft involved in the incident appears to be a Russian-built Su-25 attack aircraft operated by the Chadian Air Force.