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Chad sets up transitional military council headed by son of late president – reports

A transitional military council is established in Chad, headed by the lieutenant-general. Mahamat Idriss Deby, son of late President Idriss Deby, Al Wihda newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The army plans to soon publish a “transition charter”.

Chad declared a two-week period of national mourning after the president’s death and imposed a 6:00 p.m. local time at 5:00 a.m. curfew.

In addition, the army has decided to close the land and air borders “until further notice”.

AFP reported earlier today that Deby, who commanded an army unit during hostilities against rebels in northern Chad, had died.

A source confirmed to Sputnik that the president was seriously injured in the clashes and later died in a hospital.

Mahamat was previously the second in command of the armed forces for the Chadian intervention in northern Mali (FATIM).

On February 22, he led his army against the rebels in the Adar al-Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali, which led to the battle of al-Ifoghas.

They eliminated a rebel base deemed “of significant importance”, inflicting heavy losses on the rebels but also losing twenty-six men in the process, including Abdel Aziz Hassane Adam, a commander of the special forces.

Mahamat took full command of FATIM and has since led operations against rebels in the north. (Sputnik / NAN)

(NAN)

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