Breaking News: Chad President Idriss Deby, Killed In Clashes With Rebels – Sources

 

“A military council has been set up, headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno,” the army’s spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio.

*Chadian president Idriss Deby photo credit: Ludovic Marin Pool via AP

Chad’s President Idriss Deby, who got recently re-elected for his sixth term, got injured during clashes with rebels and died in a hospital, a source familiar with a matter told Sputnik on Tuesday.

The AFP reported earlier in the day that Deby, who commanded an army unit during hostilities against the rebels in Chad’s north, died. The military spokesman, Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said that the president died while protecting the country’s territorial integrity, according to the news agency.

The source told Sputnik that Deby was critically injured during the clashes and died later in the hospital. The source added that the president arrived to the front line in the north to celebrate the military victories against the rebels and lead the operations of the armed forces.

Four-Star General and head of the Republican Guard in Chad, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno (C), 37, son of Chadian President takes Over

*In this file photo taken on April 11, 2021, Four-Star General and head of the Republican Guard in Chad, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno (C), 37, son of Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno is seen at a polling station in N’djamena. PHOTO: MARCO LONGARI / AFP

Meanwhile, A four-star general who is a son of Chad’s slain president Idriss Deby Itno will replace him at the head of a military council, the army announced on Tuesday.

“A military council has been set up, headed by his son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno,” the army’s spokesman, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, said on state radio.

This was shortly after the announcement that the newly re-elected president had died of wounds while fighting rebels in the north of Chad.

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2 comments

  1. Is there no Vice President in Chad!!!