300 rebels killed by Chadian military; Chad’s president killed in combat, developing

Military Troop kill over 300 rebels in Chad

Charles Nwoke, N’Djamena, Chad

April 20, 2021 

….five soldiers killed during the operation

In a recent development, the Chadian president has likewise been killed on the battlefield in the ongoing war with the rebels, ABC News cites a top Chadian military commander. Stay tuned for more updates. 

The Chadian Military High Command on Monday said it had killed 300 rebels in the northern part of the country during the weekend, adding that it had lost five of its soldiers during the operation.

A heavily armed rebel group with sophisticated weapons of mass destruction had launched an attack from its Libyan camp on April 11, the same day Chad had her presidential election that is expected to see the incumbent Idriss Deby Itno returned to power for the fifth term of office.

According to Chadian Army Director of Media and Publicity, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, the invasion by the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) resulted in “more than 300 rebels neutralized” and claimed the lives of “five martyrs” or government military forces.

He revealed that 36 military men were injured during the Saturday combat and 150 rebels were captured, including their three senior commanders. 

The Chadian government said the rebel onslaughts in the provinces of Tibesti and Kanem were over.

The Army Media Director said war resumed late Sunday afternoon, adding that calm had returned to the area. 

Bermandoa stated that 24 vehicles had been seized and that mopping-up operations were ongoing to “track down the last ones fleeing.” Tanks were deployed in the main roads of the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, an AFP reported.

The Tibesti mountains close to the Libyan frontier hitherto see fighting between rebels and the army, as well as in the northeast bordering Sudan. French airstrikes were needed to put an end to an incursion there in February 2019.

The Union of Resistance Forces (UFR), led by Deby’s nephew Timan Erdimi, had entered Chad from Libya in columns of pick-up trucks. The UFR had said on Sunday that it supported FACT, but without saying whether its fighters took part in Saturday’s clash.

The UFR was allied with Chadian rebels in 2008 when they launched a coup attempt, stopped at the gates of the presidential palace by French military intervention.

FACT is based in Libya, where it has a non-aggression pact with Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who controls much of the country’s east.

It is mainly made up of the Saharan Goran people, while the UFR is majority Zaghawa, the president’s ethnic group.

The US embassy in N’Djamena on Saturday ordered non-essential personnel to leave the country, warning of possible violence in the capital. Britain also urged its nationals to leave the country.