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Chad Foils Coup Attempt

May 2, 2013

An opposition figure and three other suspects were arrested after a coup attempt in Chad, officials said Thursday.

Saleh Makki, a member of parliament, was among those arrested Wednesday, police sources told Radio France Internationale.

A shootout occurred Wednesday at a military barracks on the outskirts of the capital, N'Djamena, followed by a second incident at a church, the broadcaster said.

At least three people reportedly died in violence related to the coup attempt. Chadian authorities said the coup had been in the making since December.

President Idriss Deby Itno's government on Wednesday said a small group of people had planned to destabilize the country's democratic institutions.

The Central African country has been plagued by instability and coups since independence from France in 1960.

Deby took power in a military coup in 1990 and in 2005 changed the constitution to abolish presidential term limits.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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