Monday 21 April 2014
News updated at 5:18 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.5°C
Min : 23.4°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

France orders probe into killing of 2 Indians in CAR

Durban/New Delhi, Mar 26, 2013 (PTI)

France today ordered a high-level inquiry into the killing of two Indians in firing by its troops in Central African Republic (CAR) as it conveyed its regrets to India, which expressed distress over the incident.

French President Francois Hollande talked to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and also sent a letter to him expressing regret over the incident at Bangui airport in the civil war-torn CAR.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also talked to his Indian counterpart A K Antony to convey his regret over the incident in which two Indian nationals were killed and six others injured during firing by French troops guarding the airport, Defence Ministry officials said.


Both Singh and Antony expressed distress over the incident and asked France to ensure safety of Indian nationals in CAR.

Singh has directed that all efforts be made to ensure the safety of approximately 100 Indian nationals in CAR, mainly in and around Bangui.

During his telephonic talk with Antony, Drian said that France is conducting a high-level inquiry into the incident and said the Indian government would be informed about its outcome, the officials added.

The French Defence Minister also conveyed his condolences to the families of Indian nationals killed in the incident.

The incident took place when three vehicles carrying Chadian and Indian nationals entered the airport at CAR at M’Poko, French Defence Ministry said in a release.

"The French forces in charge of protecting the airport of the Central African capital at M’Poko intervened this morning in a particularly confusing situation against three vehicles threatening to penetrate it, at a time when the forces had just been fired at from an unknown source," the release said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A man plucking Marmelos from a tree at Beldanga, Murshidabad, West Bengal...

A man plucking Marmelos from a tree at Beldanga, Murshidabad, West Bengal...

N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services with Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Financial...

N Chandrasekaran, CEO & MD, Tata Consultancy Services with Rajesh Gopinathan, Chief Financial...

Rashtriya Aam Party candidate Rakhi Sawant during an election campaign, Mumbai...

Rashtriya Aam Party candidate Rakhi Sawant during an election campaign, Mumbai...

Chinese navy officers stand in formation as Pakistan naval frigate Shamsher arrives at a military...

Chinese navy officers stand in formation as Pakistan naval frigate Shamsher arrives at a military...

Students taking part in an awareness programme on the eve of World Earth Day in Patiala...

Students taking part in an awareness programme on the eve of World Earth Day in Patiala...

A butterfly and a honey bee fight to collect nectar from a flower, Delhi...

A butterfly and a honey bee fight to collect nectar from a flower, Delhi...

Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight ...

Spanish bullfighter Curro Diaz performs with a Gavira ranch fighting bull during a bullfight ...

Dressed for the occasion, Michelle White poses for photographs as she makes her way along ...

Dressed for the occasion, Michelle White poses for photographs as she makes her way along ...

Dressed for the occasion, a dance group from Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows ...

Dressed for the occasion, a dance group from Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows ...

Dressed for the occasion, Ella Morton, right, and others pose for photographs along New York's ...

Dressed for the occasion, Ella Morton, right, and others pose for photographs along New York's ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523