The soldiers were first ambushed then, as they tried to evacuate their wounded, were hit by an improvised explosive device in the country's southwest, according to defence ministry.
At least 35 people were killed and 26,500 others were left homeless after heavy floods caused by torrential rains wreaked havoc in the Sahel country.
There are concerns, however, that an ill-coordinated drawdown and ad-hoc coalition with fewer soldiers won’t be able to bring security and will significantly affect the various international development projects in the Sahel.
French President Macron announced last month Operation Barkhane, a seven-year campaign fighting militants linked to Al Qaeda and Daesh in the Sahel, will formally end.
Ambush by suspected militants in Barsalogho, a town in Centre-Nord region, leaves at least 10 officers dead and several others missing, security sources say.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the country's counter-terrorism operation in West Africa would come to an end and be incorporated into a broader international mission.
Crowds in capital N'Djamena cheer as soldiers return from front lines in tanks and armoured vehicles.
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.
Shock announcement of Idriss Deby’s death on the frontline of a fight against northern rebels comes day after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.
"Rogue" military unit tries to seize presidential palace in capital Niamey days before the historic inauguration of Mohamed Bazoum as president, sources say.
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