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.
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.
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