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Chad Says Forces Kill More Than 100 Rebels

The government of Chad says its army has killed more than 100 rebels during two gunbattles near the Chad-Sudan border.

Chad's army clashed with the rebel Popular Front for National Renaissance on Saturday and again a couple of days later.

In a statement Thursday, Communications Minister Kedallah Younous Hamid said the army killed 105 rebels and captured another 62 rebels in the fighting. He said nine government soldiers were killed and 16 others wounded.

The rebel group has not released any casualty figures, and there is no independent confirmation of the report.

Chadian rebel groups have long sought to overthrow the country's president, Idriss Deby. The two sides recently began talks aimed at ending hostilities.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.