Chadian army says kills over 300 "terrorists"

Chad's president Idriss Deby is killed 'while fighting rebels on the front line'

The army has announced that a curfew has been imposed and borders should be immediately shut after the death of President Deby.

France's embassy said in an advisory to its nationals in Chad that the deployment was a precaution and there was no specific threat to the capital.

The army said the Chadian leader had been commanding soldiers at the weekend as it fought against rebels who had launched an offensive in northern Chad.

In 2008, clashes reached the gate of the presidential palace before Chad's army repelled rebel forces and pursued them eastward toward the Sudanese border.

Welcome to our live updates on happenings in Chad following the death of long-time President Idriss Deby. After being wounded in battle, he then was taken to the capital, the general announced.

Chad's military claimed that it has killed some 300 rebels advancing on the capital, N'Djamena, as the government on Monday deployed tanks and other armed vehicles in the city's streets.

Some foreign observers questioned how a head of state could have been killed, saying it cast doubt on his protective guard.

One out of five children born in Chad dies before the age of five and 40 percent suffer from delayed growth according to the World Bank, which estimates that 42 percent of the population live below the poverty line.

"We still don't have the whole story", Laith Alkhouri, a global intelligence adviser, told The Associated Press. Critics called him an autocrat, while in the West he was seen an important ally in the fight against Islamist extremist groups in West Africa and the Sahel, like Nigeria-based Boko Haram.

"For the rest, she added, French authorities need "a bit more time" to analyze the situation".

With news of the death of newly re-elected veteran leader Idriss Deby Itno on Tuesday, we look back on the key events of his 30 years at the helm of the huge mostly desert African state.

After six years of transition towards democracy, he is elected president in 1996 in Chad's first multi-party election, bringing some of the political opposition into government.

The Chadian rebel group, known as the Front for Change and Concord in Chad, is believed to have armed and trained in neighboring Libya before crossing into northern Chad on April 11.

In early March, three opposition candidates announced their withdrawal from the race, including Saleh Kebzabo, heavyweight of the opposition who wants to boycott the election.



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