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Washington orders diplomats to leave Chad as rebels near capital

Washington orders diplomats to leave Chad as rebels near capital

The US State Department strongly recommends to Americans not to travel to Chad because of the non-stop civil unrest. The US diplomats were ordered Saturday to leave the African country due to the presence of the jihadist Boko Haram group.

The US non-essential diplomats at the US Embassy in Chad should leave the landlocked African nation due to a threat to their lives. The potential insurgent attacks on the capital N’Djamena have intensified substantially.

Washington also ordered the families of American personnel stationed there to leave Chad, DW reports.

“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,”the Dept’s statement reads.

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

Last Sunday, FACT rebels said they had captured garrisons near Chad’s northern borders with Niger and Libya “without resistance.” The latest assault came last Sunday, the same day as the Chadian presidential election, which the incumbent Idriss Deby Itno — who has ruled the country for 30 years — is expected to win.