Chad Presidential Election Announcement Preceded Deadly Attack on Security Agency

N’Djamena, Chad – An attack on the offices of Chad’s internal security agency in the capital city of N’Djamena resulted in several fatalities, with the government pointing fingers at members of an opposition party. The assault on the National State Security Agency (ANSE) was allegedly carried out by activists from the Socialist Party Without Borders (PSF). The government assured that the situation is now under control, with the perpetrators either apprehended or being pursued for prosecution.

Details regarding the number of casualties were not immediately disclosed by the government. The incident was reportedly preceded by the arrest of a PSF member, Ahmed Torabi, accused of attempting to assassinate the president of the Supreme Court. However, opposition figure Yaya Dillo, who heads the PSF, dismissed the allegations as being fabricated.

According to the general secretary of the PSF, the deaths near the security agency occurred when soldiers fired upon a group of party members, resulting in tragic consequences. Following the incident, the army surrounded the PSF’s main office, and access to the ANSE premises was restricted.

Reports emerged of sporadic gunfire in the vicinity of the opposition party’s office, accompanied by internet restrictions in parts of the capital. The security operations were ongoing, with military personnel patrolling the streets and maintaining a heavy presence in N’Djamena.

The attack on the ANSE unfolded shortly after Chad announced plans to conduct a presidential election on May 6. The upcoming election is set to witness a competition between opposition figure Dillo and Chad’s transitional President Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, who took office following the death of his father, the former president, in 2021. President Deby Itno had previously committed to transferring power to an elected government within 18 months, a deadline that has now been extended to this year.

The political landscape in Chad remains tense as the election approaches, with both candidates vying for support among the populace. The recent violence underscores the challenges faced by the nation as it navigates the democratic process amidst internal turmoil and external pressures.