The Chadian military has announced that 250 rebels were captured among them, top four leaders after a convoy of over 50 vehicles were bombarded by France. The arrested occurred after an operation against a convoy of militants trying to cross into the country from Libya in late January that also involved French airstrikes.
The rebels belonged to Union of Resistance Forces (UFR) rebel group who attempted to cross into Chad from Libya. Colonel Azem Bermendoa Agouna, spokesperson for the General Staff of the Chadian Armed Forces said that more than 40 vehicles were destroyed, 18 vehicles – including 16 equipped with heavy weapons – were recovered, along with hundreds of small arms and a large quantity of ammunition of all calibers.
UFR group are a rebel alliance that seeks to oust President Idriss Deby who seized power in a 1990 military coup and has kept on top of a rebellion in the east.