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Over 100 Chadians died

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In the first official toll of Chadian casualties in the DRC conflict, Chad’s Defense Minister Oumar Kadjallami said on Wednesday that 105 Chadian soldiers had died during the country’s military intervention, AFP reported. Kadjallami said 62 had died in battle, 13 from diseases or snake bites and 30 in road accidents, while six Chadians were taken prisoner. Rebels had said earlier this year that they had killed 200 Chadian troops and taken 400 prisoners. Chad sent a total of 2,227 soldiers to the DRC in September in support of President Laurent-Desire Kabila’s forces, Kadjallami said. The Chadian troops were withdrawn last month following the signing of the Sirte agreement brokered by Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

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