N’Djaména, Chad – Chadian President Idriss Deby died a day after being declared the winner of a sixth term.
The details of his death are unclear.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that visiting troops on the front line fighting rebels in the north died while AFP said he died of his wounds fighting rebels.
Deby, 68, “just breathed his last defense of the sovereign nation on the battlefield” this weekend, Army spokesman Gen. Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read to the state television.
On Monday, Deby’s campaign said he was heading to the front lines to join troops fighting “terrorists.”
Rebels based across Libya’s northern border attacked a border post on election day, then advanced hundreds of kilometers south through the desert.
Deby came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and is one of Africa’s oldest rulers.
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Chadian President Idriss Deby dies on the front lines
SourceChadian President Idriss Deby dies on the front lines