Tensions between the two oil-producing neighbours escalated over the weekend after Sudan complained Chad had launched a series of bombing raids on its territory on Friday, calling the move an “act of war”, Reuters says.
“Our defence and security forces have completely withdrawn from
“We destroyed seven pockets of groupings of mercenaries. We hit them with our aircraft along the border, without any collateral damage,” Younousmi said in a statement, using the term mercenary to describe the eastern Chadian rebels.
“We captured about 100 prisoners who will be shown within 48 hours,” he added.
Most of the fighting has not spread from
But last year rebel offensives reached both countries’ capitals before being beaten back.
Younousmi said the operation, which had involved ground forces, had reached as far as 40 km (25 miles) into Sudan but stressed the target had been neither Sudan’s government nor its people and there had been no collateral damage.
Pic: Chadian rebels photographed in 2008.