Chad: Government digging trench around N’Djamena to stop rebels
According to various sources, the Chadian Government has resumed construction of the 3 meter deep trench encircling the city.
The trench was first started in 2008 after the Battle of N’Djamena, and was intended to help ward off future rebel attacks on the city. The excavation of this trench has recently recommenced near the West entrance to the city. These measures have caused the population to fear possible new rebel attacks, which are not unprecedented considering the recent events in Libya and Northern Chad. The recent departure of several military columns only serves to heighten this fear, and some residents of the outlying districts have begun to evacuate the area. So far we have received no word on an impending attack by rebels but recent fighting in Libya could displace rebel forces and force them to invade Chad, something the Chadian government has been worried about.
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