Since April 11, the day of the presidential election won by Idriss Déby, the rebels of the Front for Alternation and Concord in Chad (FACT), lead an offensive against the government and have promised to “march” on N’Djamena , the capital.
“The fighting continues in Kanem, we must continue to fight otherwise they will destabilize us,” General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, spokesperson for the Transitional Military Council (CMT) in power since the death of Marshal-President Déby.
The Chadian army shelled FACT positions on Tuesday, according to security sources. The fighting is taking place about 300 km north of N’Djamena. It is in this desert region of Kanem, along the border with Niger, halfway between Lake Chad and Tibesti (North), that Idriss Déby was killed while he was at the front.
The latter’s son, Mahamat Idriss Déby, took the head of the military junta and assumed almost all the powers.
The FACT, led by Mahamat Mahadi Ali, a long-exiled rebel leader in France, launched an offensive from Libya where he was based.
Heavy fighting pitted rebel columns against government troops in Kanem last week. The Chadian army claimed to have killed 300 combatants on April 19 and 246 others were captured and referred to the N’Djamena prosecutor’s office, according to justice.
No figures were available from the army side. Reinforcements were nevertheless sent to Kanem, according to security sources.
On Sunday, the CMT announced that there would be “no mediation or negotiation” with the FACT rebels and called on the Nigerian ally to help it “capture” Mahamat Mahadi Ali.