PARIS — French jet fighters today attacked strategic radar installations held by Libyans in northern Chad in retaliation for a weekend Libyan bombing raid in the southern part of that African nation.
A Defense Ministry statement said the radar installations at Ouadi-Doum were "neutralized" in the afternoon raid by forces of Operation Sparrowhawk, the 1,400 French soldiers based in the former French colony to support President Hissen Habre's government.
France had said earlier that it was considering a response to Libyan bombing of two towns deep in southern Chad on Saturday.
The French news agency Agence France-Presse, quoting reliable sources, said the raid was made by about 10 planes from bases in N'Djamena, the Chadian capital, and Bangui, capital of the neighboring Central African Republic. It said the Libyan installations were hit by anti-radar missiles.