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Defense Minister Daoud Yaya Brahim said at a press conference on May 6, 2021 that the situation is “under full control” in Kanem and that search operations are still ongoing. In this province, fighting has pitted the Chadian armed forces against the rebels of the Front for Alternation and Concord in Chad (Fact) in incursion since April 11, the day of the presidential election.
For his first speech since his return to the Ministry of Defense, General Daoud Yaya Brahim wanted to be reassuring. Strapped in his uniform and blue beret screwed to his head, he justifies the strong military presence in the streets of Ndjamena since the incursion of the Fact rebels in the neighboring province of Kanem.
“The situation is calm and under state control. The soldiers present in Ndjamena today are soldiers who come from the provinces and who are preparing to return to their respective units. I reassure all citizens: the state is able to ensure security and peace. “
Referring to the Fact rebels, the minister speaks of “terrorists who do not even know Chad”, adding that most come from Libya, Europe or Saudi Arabia.
He says search operations are still underway in Kanem. “The enemy is in stampede. Some have put on djellabas to be in certain villages. I congratulate the citizens who denounced them and who informed the state authority there. Today, they are in the hands of the state, the gendarmerie and Ndjamena. “
According to justice, 246 rebels of the Fact were captured and referred to the prosecutor’s office in Ndjamena.
In a statement released on May 3, the Fact affirms that “the soldiers made prisoners of war were summarily executed by the militia in power”, calling on the UN Human Rights Council to react. Videos of these alleged executions have been widely disseminated on social networks. “Videos to tarnish the image of the army”, retorts the Minister of Defense who brings a firm denial.
Most of the prisoners of war are now in the hands of the gendarmerie, which is still in the investigation phase.