Three dead in Chad after ‘foiled coup’

AFP-JIJI

At least three people were killed in a foiled coup attempt in Chad, the foreign minister said Thursday, and several arrested over the plot in the chronically unstable former French colony.

Several senior military figures were among those arrested following the alleged coup attempt, which a major ex-rebel group described as a fabrication engineered by the regime to purge the army.

Security services had for months been monitoring “a group of individuals who were preparing a plot against the state’s institutions” and swooped on one of their meetings in the capital on Wednesday, Moussa Faki said.

The government serving under President Idriss Deby Itno, who himself came to power in a 1990 coup, on Wednesday said a “small group” had been planning “a destabilization plot.”

Police and opposition sources said one of the detainees was an opposition lawmaker. Chad’s top prosecutor told reporters that Gen. Weiding Assi Assoue, another top general, a lawmaker from Deby’s ruling party and another from the opposition were among those arrested. Weiding is a former defense minister and army chief of staff.