US orders diplomats to leave Chad as rebels near capital

The US State Department has long warned Americans not to travel to Chad because of unrest and the presence of the jihadist Boko Haram group.

The US has long warned Americans not to travel to Chad

(DW) – The State Department on Saturday ordered non-essential diplomats at the US Embassy in Chad to leave the landlocked African nation due to potential insurgent attacks on the capital N’Djamena.

It also ordered the families of American personnel stationed there to leave the country.

“Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading toward N’Djamena. Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena, and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential US government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline,” said the department.

The department has long warned Americans not to travel to Chad because of unrest and the presence of the jihadist Boko Haram group. It said any Americans there now who wanted to leave should do so.

The UK also asked its citizens to leave Chad as soon as possible.

Chad’s army says rebel column ‘destroyed’

Meanwhile, Chad’s army said that it had “completely destroyed” a column of rebels, who had attacked the northern part of the country.

“The adventure of the mercenaries from Libya ended as announced. Congratulations to our valiant defense and security forces,” said Chérif Mahamat Zene, Chad’s minister of communications.

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