On Sunday, the ruling military council in Chad announced the lifting of the curfew imposed 12 days ago after the killing of President Idriss Deby in battles with the rebels, while 6 soldiers and hundreds of militants were killed in clashes that broke out near the border with Niger.
The decree – which included the decision to lift the curfew – stated that “after evaluating the measures initially taken by the Transitional Military Council in all parts of the national territory and assessing the security situation (…) the curfew imposed on April 20, 2021 was lifted (Sunday).” Read also Chad .. What happens after the killing of Idriss Deby? Stratfor: These are the most prominent threats facing Chad’s new military rulers
Since the death of Idriss Déby, his son Muhammad has held virtually all powers. Surrounded by 14 generals – all of whom were loyal to his father – Muhammad Déby dissolved the National Assembly and the government, and assumed the titles of President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Military Forces.
On April 27th, anti-SCAF demonstrations – at the invitation of the opposition and civil society to denounce the “coup against institutions” – left 6 people dead in the capital, N’Djamena and the south of the country, according to the authorities, and 9 according to a local non-governmental organization report. More than 650 people were arrested during these prohibited and severely repressed protests.
Clashes are ongoing
Since mid-April, the Chadian army has been confronted – in battles – with the “Accord Front for Change” deployed in southern Libya. According to the authorities, Idriss Déby was killed while visiting the front, and he had just been re-elected to a new presidential term.
In this context, the spokesman for the Military Council announced – today, Sunday – 6 soldiers were killed and 22 wounded in the clashes that erupted between Chadian government forces and the “Accord Front for Change” militants in the Nuku region, near the border with Niger.
The spokesman said that government forces managed to eliminate hundreds of rebels, and captured 60 of them. It also destroyed 13 vehicles.
On Friday, the Chadian army announced the killing of hundreds of what it described as rebels in two days of battles in the west of the country, and it had announced on April 19 that it had killed 300 rebels. Another 246 were arrested and referred to the Public Prosecution Office in N’Djamena, according to the judicial authorities.