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Over 100 dead as Chad rebels clash with government

AFP

Two battles have taken place between the Chadian army and rebels in the east of the country near the Sudanese border. According to the government, 105 FPRN (Front Populaire pour la Renaissance Nationale) rebels and nine soldiers died in the fighting.

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The minister of information Kedallah Younous announced on Wednesday evening that 80 rebels who were injured in the fighting were taken prisoner.

The FPRN is a member of the union of resistance forces, a coalition of insurgent organisations who are hostile to President Idriss Deby's government.

The union announced after the first battle on 24 April that the rebels had defeated the government forces, killing many soldiers and taking their weapons.

It has not issued a statement after the second battle, which took place on Wednesday. Neither battle has been independently verified.

The increase in hostility coincides with an agreement between Deby's government and the United Nations to reduce the number of UN troops deployed in the region from 5,000 to 1,900.

The Chadian government wants the UN force, which is called MINURCAT, to leave the country completely.

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