The following report brings some details about the “Chad device”.
UNITED NATIONS — The African nation of Chad, plagued by civil war and famine, Wednesday (30/01/1985) accused Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy of masterminding a ‘mass assassination’ plot against Chadian government leaders. Libya denied the charge.
Chadian Foreign Minister Gouara Lassou, addressing the Security Council, dramatically pointed to a briefcase on the desk in front of him saying it was to have been used to blow up the Chamber of Commerce in the capital of N’Djamena last September.
‘There were enough explosives to blast the lungs of everyone in the huge conference room,’ he said. ‘The Republic of Chad accuses Moammar Khadafy, the leader of international terrorism, as being behind this plot of mass assassination … of having promoted this act of cowardly terrorism.’
He said the assassination was to have taken place last Sept. 27 but Chadian authorities seized the briefcase with 30 pounds of Czech-made plastic explosive the day before.
He said his government did not disclose the plot earlier because it wanted to ‘lure more Libyan agents into Chad’ and the investigation was still incomplete.
His statement was punctuated by film clips on a large television screen showing the plastic explosives, detonators and radio activator.
Lassou said the bomb was one of several delivered to Libyan agents.
‘The others have not been seized and are still in circulation,’ he said. ‘The government of Chad hopes this will serve as a warning to other nations.’
Libyan delegate Rajab Azzarouk said the charges were ‘without foundation’ and the alleged plot was ‘concocted by one of the many enemies’ of President Hissene Habre inside the northern African nation.