A group of 44 suspected members of Boko Haram, arrested during a recent operation against the jihadist group, have been found dead in their prison cell.
Chad’s chief prosecutor, Youssouf Tom, who made the disclosure on national television, said an autopsy conducted on four of the dead prisoners showed that they were poisoned.
Tom said dead men were among a group of 58 suspects captured during a major army operation around Lake Chad launched by President Idriss Deby Itno at the end of March.
He said they were imprisoned for the purposes of investigation.
Chad’s chief prosecutor, however, said an investigation was ongoing to determine exactly how the prisoners had died.
Meanwhile, a security source, speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that the 58 prisoners were placed in a single cell and were given nothing to eat or drink for two days.