World clashes in Chad: the FACT recognizes having operated a "strategic fold" in the Kanem
Rebels attack northern Chad on presidential poll day
Rebels entered northern Chad on Sunday, the day of the country's presidential election, the army said, with the militia group claiming it had seized several garrison towns. "A group of terrorists have been spotted in the Zouarke area in Tibesti province" around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) north of capital N'Djamena, the armed forces said in a statement Monday. Army spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna said the attackers had "so far chosen a strategy"A group of terrorists have been spotted in the Zouarke area in Tibesti province" around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) north of capital N'Djamena, the armed forces said in a statement Monday.
The clashes continue in the province of Kanem where a battle has already taken place on Saturday afternoon 17 April. The Chadian armed forces have been facing a week with rebel columns from FACT, the forehead for alternation and concord, for entrances to the north of the country from their rear bases of Libya a week ago.
In an interview with exclusive RFI, the Chief of Fack Mahamat Mahadi Ali acknowledged that his columns had had to operate "a strategic decline".
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According to our information, the fights would have continued on Sunday and until the morning of this Monday, April 19. Clashes that would have occurred near the city of Nokou, about 50 kilometers from Mao, the capital of the province of Kanem. The Kanem is in central West Chad and runs along the border with Niger.
Depending on the chief of FACT, the bulk of the troops would now be further north, without more details. He declares "thinking about their next actions".
Another element, according to an independent source, of the survivors of recent fighting would have been seen in the south of Kanem, in the Lake Chad region trying to win the border with Niger.
In his interview, Mahamat Mahadi Ali accuses France for giving the advantage to Dely in these fighting. According to him, the flights of incessant recognition, operated day and night have been a direct and decisive intervention in the conflict.
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Chadian rebels claim they have shot down military helicopter .
N'DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Rebels seeking to overthrow Chad's new transitional government claimed Thursday to have shot down a military helicopter, while the junta in power warned political opponents not to renew protests after violent demonstrations earlier in the week left at least six people dead. The Chadian government has said that the rebels blamed for killing President Idriss Deby Itno last week have retreated across the border to neighboring Niger. However, in a statement released Thursday, the rebel group claimed it controls the Chadian town of Nokou, located more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the capital.