Chad closes border with Libya over terrorists’ threat

Algeria Niger Chad Libya Sudan

Authorities in Chad say they have closed their country’s border with Libya to prevent a “terrorist” infiltration

Chadian Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacket said in the face of perils which threatening the country, the government decided to close the border with Libya.

Padacket said the border areas have also been declared “military zones”.

He said armed groups that have lost ground fighting in Libya might be tempted to fall back into the vast sparsely populated territories, putting safety and security of population at risk.

Padacke expressed concern over what he described as the deteriorating security situation in Libya, which slid into chaos after long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi was overthrown and slain in a 2011 uprising.

Islamic State was ousted from the city of Sirte in December, but is still thought to be present in parts of southern and eastern Libya.

 

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