MUSLIM HATE IN CHAD
Chad says suicide blasts kill at least 15 in Lake Chad
Suspected Boko Haram suicide attacks kill dozens in Chad
least 36 people were killed in Chad Saturday in what appeared to be a
string of coordinated suicide attacks targeting a village housing
thousands of Nigerian refugees that had fled Islamic extremist violence.
five suicide bombers behind the attacks in Baga Sola, on the shores of
Lake Chad, have been identified as two women, two children and a man,
according to a statement from government spokesman Hassan Sylla Bakari.
suicide bombers hit the market in Baga Sola when it was at its busiest
Saturday, killing at least 16 people, the director general of Chad’s
gendarmerie, General Banyaman Cossingar, said. A second group of
suicide bombers also targeted a nearby refugee camp, killing dozens
are bodies everywhere, a head here, a leg there, everyone is in a state
of panic," a resident said on the condition of anonymity.
were conflicting reports on the number of wounded. While the
government’s official count was 48, the UNICEF said at least 53 people
were wounded, including 14 children.
were three explosions at the Baga Sola market and two explosions near
the Dar-es-Salam refugee camp. From our information, the explosion was
not in the refugee camp, but in a part of the village nearby,” police
spokesman Paul Manka said, noting that two of the bombings were near
the refugee camp, but not actually inside it.
months, Baga Sola has been home to thousands of people who already had
fled deadly Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria. The United Nations says the
Dar-es-Salam camp now has just over 3,000 refugees, and can house up to
village is in the Lake Chad region near the border with Nigeria, where
Boko Haram first launched its insurgency six years ago. According to
Amnesty International the uprising has so far killed 20,000 people.
Boko Haram has attacked Chad’s capital before, the bombings on Saturday
appear to be the largest and most elaborate staged yet in the country’s
has become a major military ally of Nigeria in the fight against Boko
Haram, which earlier this year threatened to retaliate.
June and July, Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, was rocked by a series of
suicide attacks that killed dozens of people - the first such attacks
since Boko Haram threatened Chad.
Haram, which has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS)
group, has also stepped up attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries
since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May pledging
to halt the uprising.
Haram has used dozens of young girls and women in recent suicide
bombings in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, raising fears it is
using kidnap victims to target countries involved in setting up a
regional force to combat the extremists.
Fierce fighting erupts between Chadian army and Boko Haram
fighting pitted the Chadian army on Monday against insurgents from the
Nigeria-based Boko Haram group on islands in Lake Chad, security and
local sources said.
clashes" were under way near Baga Sola, one of the main Chadian towns
in the lake that straddles Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger, a Chadian
security source told AFP, adding that Chadian forces had earlier
"intercepted fleeing Boko Haram elements" around 20 kilometres (12
miles) to the southeast.
source close to the local authorities said a "major search operation"
was under way for Boko Haram militants hiding out on the lake's islands.
to the security official, the clashes between militants and Chadian
forces erupted Saturday on Midi Koutou island, leaving six Boko Haram
fighters dead and 15 wounded. A Chadian soldier was also said to have
source said Boko Haram "kidnapped many women and children" as they fled
Saturday's fighting, and added Chadian forces had "around a thousand
men positioned to occupy all the islands and neutralise Boko Haram."
source close to local authorities said that, following a request from
the central government about two weeks ago, an operation was launched
"to evacuate the islands' populations," and that about 90 percent of
residents had been moved to the mainland since.
Haram fighters have staged several bloody attacks in recent months on
islands in Lake Chad, which they have begun using as a rear-base after
being routed from their traditional strongholds in Nigeria in an
offensive by regional armies launched at the start of the year. (AFP)
Chad bans Islamic face veil after suicide bombings
17 June 2015
Chad has banned people from wearing the full-face veil, following two suicide bomb attacks on Monday.
Chad's government accused Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram of the bombings which killed more than 20 people.
The prime minister said the veil was used as a "camouflage" by militants and said the security forces will burn all full-face veils sold in markets.
Chad is to host a new regional force set up to tackle Boko Haram.
The militant group has not commented on the attack but has previously threatened to attack Chad, after its forces started to help Nigeria.
At a meeting with religious leaders, Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said the ban applied everywhere, not only public places.
He added that any clothing that covers everything but the eyes was a camouflage.
The attackers were on motorcycles when they blew themselves up outside two police buildings in the capital, N'Djamena.
Borno state, at the heart of the insurgency, is on the Nigerian border with Chad and Chadian forces have played a key role in helping Nigeria battle the jihadist group.
The US announced on Tuesday that it will give $5m (£3.2m) towards a multi-national task force headquarters in Chad.
The BBC World Service's Africa editor Richard Hamilton says Boko Haram militants have increasingly been using female suicide bombers in Nigeria, as they are more likely to smuggle bombs into public places without detection.
The majority of the population in Chad is Muslim and the burka is worn mainly for religious reasons, but also helps protect women from the hot, dusty climate of the Sahara.
The full-face Islamic veil was also banned in May in public places in Congo-Brazzaville, to "counter terrorism".
Although there has never been an Islamist attack in the country and less than 5% of the population of Congo-Brazzaville is Muslim, thousands of mostly Muslim people had fled the neighbouring Central African Republic and had taken shelter in mosques.
NDJAMENA - Ethnic fighting between rival mobs of Muslim and non-Muslim residents killed 12 people and injured another 16 in the south Chadian town of Bebedjia, the country's defence minister said on Monday. Bebedjia lies about 35 km from Chad's oilfields at Doba, the largest private sector investment ever undertaken in Africa, which have been pumping crude oil for the last year.
Residents in the town, most of whose inhabitants are Christian or practise traditional African religions, say its proximity to the oil project has attracted people looking for jobs, notably nomadic Muslims from the north of Chad. "A dispute between a trader and a customer escalated," Defence Minister Emmanuel Naringar told IRIN from the town, 600 km south of the capital, Ndjamena.
Officials and aid workers said the violence had flared on Wednesday when a young trader belonging to the Ngambaye ethnic group, dominant in the south-western region of the country, refused to sell a bag to a Muslim from the north. Their fight then sucked in other members of their communities.
"The events were so violent the government could not wait," the minister said. "We came rapidly to calm things down, restore state authority, reassure the people and make sure peaceful coexistence remains a reality in the area." Another witness in the town said on Monday that several houses and part of the market had been burnt down during the clashes and some families had been forced to seek shelter at the town's hospital and church.
Yorongar Ngarledji, the town's representative in parliament and a member of the opposition, put the death toll much higher, saying 33 people had in fact been killed. "This is what happens because of the difficulty of cohabitation between the indigenous population who are Christian farmers and the Muslim herdsmen," Ngarledji told IRIN.
Eleyakim Vanambyl, a journalist for a Doba-based radio station, said last week's violence was not the first such incident in the area and that similar tensions had erupted a month ago in the nearby village of Bikou, although no-one was killed.
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