President of Chad dies of injuries sustained in battle with rebels

On Tuesday, Agence France Press, citing Chadian state television, reported the death of Chadian President Idriss Debi Itno. He was mortally wounded in a battle with the rebels over the weekend.

Colonel Azema Bermandoa, a spokesman for the Chadian army, said: “President and Supreme Commander Idriss Debi Itno has just passed away.” He clarified that the president personally directed the military operation to destroy the rebels in the area located north of the capital of Chad, N’Djamena. During the fighting, Idriss Debi Itno was mortally wounded.

Chad’s earlier independent National Electoral Commission announced that Corps General Idriss Debi Itno, who has led the country since 1990, won the presidential elections on April 11 and became the country’s president for the sixth time. 79.32% of voters cast their votes for him.

On presidential election day, Front for Change and Accord in Chad (FACT) rebel forces marched from Libyan bases and invaded Chadian territory in the Zuarque region. In response, government forces defeated the rebels 300 kilometers north of the capital, capturing 150 of them and killing 300 people.

During this operation, which took place on 17 April, the President of Chad was fatally wounded. He came to the front, according to RIA Novosti, to personally lead the operation and to celebrate his victory in the elections among the military.

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