N’DJAMENA, Chad — The Chadian army said Monday it has killed more than 300 rebels and lost five soldiers, with 36 others injured.
The rebels who are said to have been from The Font for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), launched a raid in the northern part of the country on April 11.
Speaking at Kanem province, Army Spokesman Gen. Azem Bermandoa Agouna affirmed that, “More than 300 terrorists have been neutralized and 150 were taken prisoner, including three senior officials.”
He also said that they had recovered 26 vehicles, including 16 that were equipped with heavy weapons.
A week ago, FACT rebels did claim the independence of Tibetsi— a region in northern Chad that nears the Libyan border.
Due to political unrest and fear in the country, the US department of state ordered the departure of non-emergency US government employees from its embassy in N’djamena.
“Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading towards N’Djamena. Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena, and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential US government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline.”
The raids were instigated a day after the presidential elections which saw incumbent Idriss Deby take an early lead. The president is expected is to return to power, extending his 30-year rule.