Irish soldiers have come under fire in eastern Chad where they are guarding civilian refugees as part of EUFOR, the European Union protection force.
An Irish army spokesman said it was not clear who had fired on the troops. They responded with warning shots from their armoured vehicles. There were no Irish casualties.
The incident came on the third day of fighting between Chad’s army and a rebel column which had attacked the town of Goz-Beida, 70 kilometres by road from Chad’s border with Sudan’s Darfur region.
The town is surrounded by UN-run camps housing Sudanese and Chadian refugees. Aid workers said at least 24 people were hurt in the attack.
Chad government troops are locked in a struggle with rebels attempting to oust President Idriss Deby.
A rebel spokesman said they were not seeking confrontation with EUFOR troops as long as they remain neutral.