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Chad – Several Killed During Arrest of Opposition Figure

At least two people were killed after security forces attempted to detain Chad’s opposition presidential candidate Yaya Dillo on Sunday.

Dillo, who plans to run in the election in April, told the media he was attacked at home by members of the presidential guard on Sunday morning. He said that five family members were killed, including his mother.

The government released a statement that said security forces were trying to arrest Dillo after he refused to answer to two judicial mandates and were met with armed resistance. The ensuing gunfight resulted in two deaths and five injuries, according to the statement.

A government spokesman said Dillo fired first before security forces retaliated. It is not clear if Dillo has been taken into custody.

Source: (AFP, Reuters)

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