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Sudan summons Chadian ambassador over alleged attack

This file photo dated Sept 21, 2021, shows traffic moving on a street in Sudan's capital Khartoum. (MARWAN ALI / AP)

KHARTOUM – Sudan summoned the Chadian ambassador to Sudan on Saturday to protest what it called a cross-border attack by Chadian armed groups that killed at least 18 Sudanese civilians, official SUNA news agency reported.

During the meeting, Sudanese acting Foreign Minister Ali Al-Sadiq demanded Chad arrest the assailants and return the hundreds of stolen camels as soon as possible, according to SUNA.

Sudanese acting Foreign Minister Ali Al-Sadiq demanded Chad arrest the assailants and return the hundreds of stolen camels as soon as possible

For his part, the Chadian ambassador said his country would spare no effort in maintaining and developing relations with Sudan in a manner that serves security, peace and stability and "will not allow whatever may disturb this relationship to happen."

A day earlier, Sudan's Transitional Sovereign Council said Chadian armed groups killed 18 Sudanese civilians and stole 220 camels in an attack in a border village in Sudan's West Darfur State on Thursday, the sovereign council said in a statement.

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Sudan and Chad share a border that stretches for as long as 1,350 km.