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  Chad's President Idriss Deby killed in frontline clashes with rebels, state TV reports
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 20, 2021 09:35am
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AuthorNiamh Kennedy, Stephanie Busari, Tim Lister, and Stephanie Halasz
News DateTuesday, April 20, 2021 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description(CNN)Chad's long-serving President Idriss Deby has died from injuries sustained in clashes with rebels, an army spokesman told state TV on Tuesday.

Army spokesman Azem Bermendao Agouna said Deby -- a longtime Western ally -- died "as a result of his injuries on the front line."

Rebels, who have been seeking to oust Deby since 2016, had claimed a number of victories in the past week and clashes were reported in the north of the country at the weekend.

Rebels of the Front for Change and Concord in Chad -- known in French as Front Pour l'Alternance et La Concorde au Tchad (FACT) -- said Friday it had overrun a military garrison in Gouri.

The claim was denied by the government, which instead said the rebels had been defeated.
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