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Chadian government calls for calm after rebel incursion

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Chadian Minister of Communication and government spokesman Cherif Mahamat Zene on Monday called on the population to remain calm after violent clashes between the army and the rebels over the weekend.

“I want by my voice to reassure that there is nothing, absolutely nothing that can justify the panic that a part of the population is seized because of the malicious propaganda on the social networks.

“So I call for calm,” Mahamat Zene tweeted.

More than 300 fighters were killed and 150 others, including three senior leaders, were taken prisoner on Saturday in western Kanem province in Chad, a spokesman for the Chadian army said on Monday.

This follows a raid by the Front for Alternation and Concord in Chad (FACT), an armed rebel group based in neighboring Libya, according to local media.

The battlefield is about 300 km north of the capital N’Djaména.

On Monday, security in the capital was stepped up with tanks deployed in key strategic positions.

“The establishment this morning of a security system in certain parts of the capital seems to be misinterpreted.

“There is no particular threat to fear,” Mahamat Zene said. (Xinhua / NAN)

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