N’DJAMENA, 13 April 2021 – Military officials in Chad say rebels on Sunday attacked an area near the country’s northern border as Chadians cast votes in the nation’s latest presidential election.

“Steps have been taken to neutralize” the attack, a defense ministry spokesperson told reporters late Monday.

Chadian Soldiers During a Training Session with US Special Operations Forces - U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Lewis

Chadian Soldiers in Training with US Special Operations Forces – U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Lewis

Countries of the Chad River Basin

Countries of the Chad River Basin

The attack occurred at Zouarke, located about 620 miles (1,000km) north of the capital, “N’Djamena.

There are no details about fatalities or injuries.

A group of dissident army officers known as the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

FACT was founded in 2016 and its members have pledged to chase Deby from power.

Votes are still being counted following Sunday’s presidential election, but there is little suspense as to who is expected to come out on top.

Incumbent president Idriss Itno Deby is expected to easily win a record sixth term to extend his over 30-year rule of the central African nation.

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