An attack targeted, on the night of Tuesday February 27 to Wednesday February 28, offices of the National State Security Agency, Chad's powerful internal intelligence services, causing "several deaths" in N'Djamena, announced the Chadian government, which accuses activists of the Socialist Party Without Borders led by opponent Yaya Dillo.

“The situation is now completely under control,” assured the Chadian government in a press release on Wednesday, announcing that “the perpetrators of this act have been arrested or are being sought and will be prosecuted.”

According to the press release, this attack came after the arrest of a member of the PSF, accused by the government of "attempted assassination against the president of the Supreme Court".

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The situation then "took a dramatic turn" with "a deliberate attack by the accomplices of this individual carried out by elements of the PSF and at their head the president of this movement, Yaya Dillo", against the intelligence offices, affirmed the government .

Fierce opponent of the transitional president Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, of whom he is the cousin, Yaya Dillo denounced a "staged" concerning the allegations of an assassination attempt against the president of the Supreme Court.

First round of the presidential election on May 6

The attack comes the day after the announcement of the calendar for the presidential election in Chad, the first round of which will take place on May 6 and in which President Déby and Yaya Dillo make no secret of their intention to be candidates.

In its statement on Wednesday, the government said that "anyone seeking to disrupt the ongoing democratic process in the country will be prosecuted and brought to justice."

At 37, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno was proclaimed by the army on April 20, 2021 president of the transition, at the head of a junta of 15 generals, after the death of his father Idriss Déby Itno, mortally wounded by rebels on the forehead.

He immediately promised to return power to civilians by organizing elections 18 months later, a deadline ultimately postponed by two years.

Opposition forces fear the perpetuation of a "Deby dynasty" in the Central African country, the second least developed in the world according to the UN.

Before his son, Idriss Déby Itno, who came to power through a coup d'état, had ruled the country with an iron fist from 1990 until his death in 2021.

With AFP

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