Chad rebels attack eastern town, fighting under way

A Chadian rebel alliance fighting to topple President Idriss Deby has announced several of its columns are advancing westwards towards the capital N'Djamena.

Chad rebels attack eastern town, fighting under way

Anti-government rebels in Chad attacked the eastern town of Goz-Beida on Saturday and heavy fighting was taking place there, an aid worker told Reuters.

A Reuters reporter 12 km (7 miles) from Goz-Beida said smoke was rising from the town and he could hear the sound of machineguns and heavy weapons.

The Reuters reporter had earlier passed a rebel column of between 80 and 100 pick-up trucks racing towards Goz-Beida.

Some of the vehicles had machine-guns mounted on the back, others carried rebel fighters, their heads and faces swathed in turbans against the dust, holding automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers and waving and cheering.

A Chadian rebel alliance fighting to topple President Idriss Deby has announced several of its columns are advancing westwards towards the capital N'Djamena.

The government has rejected what it called "rebel propaganda" but has said "mercenaries in the pay of Sudan" -- the term it usually uses to describe the insurgents -- crossed into Chad on Wednesday.

"We'll see you in N'Djamena in three days," one of the rebel fighters shouted to the Reuters reporter as the passing insurgent column headed to Goz-Beida.

Reuters
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