Chad bombs Boko Haram bases to avenge suicide blasts

2015-06-18 13:43
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N'djamena - Chad bombed Nigerian Boko Haram bases on Thursday, three days after the Islamist terrorist group killed 37 people in two suicide blasts in Chad's capital, N'djamena.

Military planes hit at least six terrorist bases in north-eastern Nigeria, causing human causalities as well as material damage, army spokesperson Colonel Azem Bermandoua announced on public radio.

The retaliation campaign comes after two major explosions had gone off in front of N'djamena's police headquarters and the national police academy on June 15.

Boko Haram, which seeks to establish a state with its very strict interpretation of Islamic law, has killed more than 14 000 people since 2009 and launched several attacks on Chadian soil.

Chad's military has supported neighbouring Nigeria in the fight against the terrorists since February.

Potential attackers

Prime Minister Kalzeube Payimi Deubet meanwhile banned Muslim veils and turbans across the central African nation to prevent potential attackers from hiding their faces.

The police will collect and burn all veils and turbans, Deubet announced, and arrest traders who continue to sell them.

Security has been heightened in the capital since the attacks.

Vehicles with tinted windows are prohibited from parking in front of public buildings, petrol stations and fuel depots, while soldiers have been stationed in front of mosques, churches, schools and market places.

The prime minister also banned public gatherings and stopped traffic over the Ngueli bridge, which connects N'djamena to northern Cameroon, where Boko Haram has been active.  

Read more on:    boko haram  |  chad  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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