Chad military says it killed 300 rebels after attempted incursion | Conflict News

According to the Chadian military, five government soldiers were killed when an armed uprising broke out in the north-west of the country.

The Chadian army said Monday it had killed 300 rebels who made a major incursion into the north of the country eight days ago, adding it had lost five of its soldiers.

A heavily armed rebel group raided its rear base in Libya on April 11, the same day as the presidential election in Chad, when incumbent Idriss Deby Itno is expected to extend his 30-year rule.

Army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna told AFP on Monday that “more than 300 rebels were neutralized” and “five martyrs” or government troops were killed in the raid on the Front for Change and Unity in Chad (FACT).

Bermandoa said 36 soldiers were wounded in the fighting on Saturday and 150 rebels were captured, including three senior officials.

The government has said that the rebel offensive in the provinces of Tibesti and Kanem was over.

Deby, who took power in 1990 as the leader of an armed uprising, is a staunch ally of France and the United States in the fight against armed groups in the arid Sahel.

Deby, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, has successfully put down a number of insurrections since taking power, sometimes with French military support.