- Both Hamata's office and his nearby official residence were struck, stripped of doors, windows and plumbing. He spoke Monday amid piles of paper strewn around his office. The night before, he had declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew and, in a radio address, pleaded with people to return stolen property.
"It's really sad," said Hamata, who seemed particularly troubled by the attack on the state archives. "I don't understand the state of mind of the people. How can you destroy our archives?"
The rebels themselves were described as disciplined. It was not clear what prompted civilians to loot, targeting many government buildings, but President Idriss Deby, who first took power at the head of his own rebel army in 1990, is considered unpopular in this area. Read more.
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