BREAKING: Chad president assassinated by militants from North

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021 - 11:11 GMT

Chad President Idriss Deby

Chad President Idriss Deby

CAIRO – 20 April 2021: Chad President Idriss Deby was assassinated Tuesday by militants from the North after 30 years in rule and on the same day of reelection.

 

The army of Chad issued a statement Tuesday announcing the news and saying that Deby got injured while commanding troops on the frontlines as militants were heading towards the capital.

 

On Monday, Deby aged 68 was reelected for a sixth term after 30 years in rule. In tandem, the Libya-based militants attacked a border post, and advanced hundreds of kilometers south across the desert. 

 

The Chadian army announced dissolving the parliament and the government as well as forming a military council headed by Mahamat Idriss Deby to lead the country for 18 months promising to hold democratic elections after the transitional period. It also declared shutting the urban borders. 

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