Chad’s military claimed victory on Sunday in its weeks-long battle with northern rebels that led to the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield.
However, the rebel group Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) said it was not aware of an end to the fighting. The group “will comment when it has reliable and credible information,” said FACT spokesman Kingabe Ogouzeimi de Tapol.
The transitional military authorities have previously said they have defeated the rebels only for clashes to continue.
Chad is a key power in central Africa and a longtime Western ally against Islamist militants across the Sahel region.
Crowds in the capital N’Djamena cheered on Sunday as soldiers returned from the front line in a column of tanks and armored vehicles.
“The triumphant return of the army to the barracks today heralds the end of operations and Chad’s victory,” the army’s Chief of the General Staff Abakar Abdelkerim Daoud told reporters.
At an army base in N’Djamena, dozens of captured rebels sat in the dirt, on display for the assembled press.
FACT fighters crossed the border from Libya in April to take a stand against Deby, whose 30-year rule they opposed. His subsequent death while visiting troops plunged the country into crisis.
The country is now ruled by a military council that is led by Deby’s son Mahamat Idriss Itno, seized power after Deby’s death, promising to oversee an 18-month transition to elections.