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This Day in African History: 6 February

A chronicle of events in African history on this day


1970, 6 February
Israelis sink a 700 ton Egyptian minelayer in the Gulf of Suez in reprisal for the sinking of two Israeli ships at Elath.

1978, 6 February
Chad breaks links to Libya in protest to their support of Muslim guerrillas currently fighting in northern Chad.

1987, 6 February
Ten French aid workers, kidnapped 13 days earlier from a Somali refugee camp, are handed over to Ethiopian authorities by Somali rebels.

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