According to government reports, several hundred rebels have been killed in the embattled western part of Chad. The number of casualties in the army is significantly lower.
According to its own account, the Chad army killed “hundreds” of rebels in two days of fighting in the west of the country. The security forces had completed their operation against the rebels in the Nokou region, an army spokesman said on Friday.
“Several hundred rebels were neutralized” and 66 others were captured. Six soldiers were killed in the fighting on the part of the army. The information provided by the army cannot be verified by an independent party, and journalists are not allowed to enter the combat area.
President is said to have died in fighting
The army has been fighting the rebel group Fact in the desert area near the Niger border since mid-April. According to official information, the long-time head of state Idriss Déby Itno died last week of injuries sustained during battles by the Chadian army against rebels. The longtime president of Chad was considered an important ally of the West in the fight against jihadists in the Sahel zone.
After his death, Déby’s 37-year-old son Mahamat Idriss Déby moved to the top of the state and the military. While the army promised new elections after an 18-month transition period, the opposition denounced a “coup”.