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Chad arrests group for 'destabilisation plot'

File picture shows the parliament building in N'djamena
File picture shows the parliament building in N'djamena. Chad said it had arrested a group of people trying to carry out a "destabilisation plot," as police and opposition sources said one of the detainees was an opposition lawmaker.

Chad said it had arrested a group of people trying to carry out a "destabilisation plot," as police and opposition sources said one of the detainees was an opposition lawmaker.

"A small group of ill-intentioned individuals attempted to carry out a destabilisation plot against the institutions of the republic," the government said in a statement, without indicating how many people were involved.

The government said the army had "neutralised" the group and that the arrested ringleaders had been handed over to prosecutors for investigation.

"This small group... had been conspiring for more than four months to jeopardise the country's hard-won peace," it said.

A police source said that "several civilians and soldiers, including Saleh Makki," an opposition lawmaker, had been arrested Monday.

Opposition leader Saleh Kebzabo said in an email to AFP that he received reports of "numerous" arrests in the capital N'Djamena and that "several sources" had confirmed to him that Makki was among those arrested.

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