Chad President has been killed on the frontline the army and his son has taken over spokesman announced

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Chad’s newly re-elected President Idriss Deby has died of injuries suffered on the frontline in the Sahel country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, an army spokesman said on Tuesday.

Deby, 68, “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

General Mahamat Kaka, the son of the deceased Chadian leader, has been named interim head of state, the army spokesman said

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