Chad soldiers begin leaving C. African Republic

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BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A spokesman for the African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says hundreds of Chadian soldiers are packing up to leave the country.

The move comes a day after the Chadian government announced it was pulling out of the peacekeeping mission.

Chadian troops had come under heavy criticism for shooting into a crowd and killing more than 30 civilians.

Francis Che, the head of communication for the peacekeeping mission known as MISCA, confirmed Friday that the soldiers were packing their bags.

A plane from neighboring Chad arrived Friday afternoon to begin repatriating the soldiers, Che said. French forces are guarding the road being used to send back Chad's equipment.

The departure of the Chadians has been met with jubilation by Christians who accused them of siding with Muslim rebels.

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