The killings took place on Thursday when Sudanese herders from West Darfur state were ambushed while following the tracks of camels looted by the Chadians the day before, according to the ruling Sovereign Council of Sudan.
On Saturday, Sudan’s acting foreign minister, Ali al-Sadiq, conveyed the “protest and condemnation of the incident” in a meeting with Chad’s ambassador in Khartoum.
He also “demands that Chad make efforts to arrest the attackers and recover the stolen items,” Sudan’s official SUNA news agency said.
Sudan has faced mounting unrest since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led a military coup in October last year. The putsch ended a transition to civilian rule established after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
The coup exacerbated political and economic unrest in the country. The security situation has deteriorated, with ethnic conflicts peaking in the remote regions of Sudan.
Thursday’s incident sparked anger among Sudanese living in Geneina, the state capital of West Darfur near the border with Chad.
The deputy head of the Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, had been in N’Djamena on Thursday to discuss border security during a meeting with Chad’s leader, General Mahamat Idriss Deby.
Daglo called for restraint on Friday and promised to take action at the funeral of the slain Sudanese herders to bring “the chaos” along the border under control.
Daglo commands the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces that have emerged from the Janjaweed militia unleashed in Darfur by the government of then President Bashir.
An ally of Bashir, Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman, is on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur some 20 years ago when he was commander of Janjaweed.
Bashir is also wanted by the court.
Last month, Burhan promised to step aside and make way for civilian groups to form a new government, but Sudan’s main civilian bloc dismissed the move as a “trick”.
Sudan’s condemnation of the killing of 18 Chadian groups first appeared on TBEN.