Crowds in capital N'Djamena cheer as soldiers return from front lines in tanks and armoured vehicles.
Army spokesman Azem Bermandoa Agouna tallied "several hundred rebels neutralised (and) 66 taken prisoner" while six soldiers were killed.
Fresh fighting in western Chad pits Libya-based rebels against forces loyal to a new military junta led by deceased President Deby's son.
Although he stood next to the leader of the new junta in a show of support, French President Emmanuel Macron is now calling for civilian rule in Chad.
Chad’s military council seized power after Idriss Deby’s death on the frontlines on April 19. Some opposition politicians have called the military takeover a coup and asked supporters to protest.
The Chadian strongman's demise is set to have major implications for global security and the struggle against extremist groups in Africa.
Deby, a close Western ally, was killed in battle with rebels on Monday, raising concern in the US and France that turmoil and uncertainty following his death will hamper the fight against militants across the Sahel region.
The killing of Idriss Deby reveals a tangled geopolitical web that is likely to deepen internal divisions in Chad.
The country's strongman ruler and French regional ally was killed in battle shortly after winning the election. A life forged in conflict, ends in battle.
Deby wins sixth term as president, provisional election results show, as army says it beat back a column of insurgents advancing on capital N'Djamena.
The Libyan warlord has consistently upped the ante, but only has a losing hand to show for it.
The state of emergency declared by Chad President Idriss Deby will run for three months in Sila and Ouaddai regions, the president's office said.
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